Monthly Archives: June 2020

Was St. Maximus Merely a Hopeful Universalist?

by Mark Chenoweth If St Maximus the Confessor read Jordan Daniel Woods’ essay on the differences between Hans Urs von Balthasar’s hopeful universalism and George MacDonald’s fully confident universalism, with which modern theologian would the saint find himself in agreement? … Continue reading

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The Annihilation of Israel

Ezekiel 21 “The word of the Lord came to me,” declares the prophet Ezekiel: “Son of man, set your face toward Jerusalem and preach against the sanc­tuaries; prophesy against the land of Israel and say to the land of Israel, … Continue reading

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“Apostles must therefore take death into their new life and nail their sins to the Lord’s cross”

Christ commanded the apostles to leave everything in the world that they held most dear, adding: “Whoever does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me” (Mt 10:38). For those who belong to Christ have … Continue reading

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Justification, Faith, and the Radical Question of Existence

by Robert W. Jenson The gospel, in anyone’s version, is a promise that our life will be fulfilled by Christ. When­ever this promise is made, someone will rise and ask, But if he is to bring our meaning, what then is our … Continue reading

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Slowly Reading St Athanasius: The Divine Dilemma

by John Stamps Everybody loves a good moral dilemma. The current favorite dilemma is the infamous trolley car problem popularized in The Good Place. A trolley car hurtles down the tracks out of control. You are standing at the switch, … Continue reading

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“Let us glorify and thank our Lord and God, who sent into our sinful world the greatest of all, the ascetic and preacher of higher truth, the Forerunner John”

His birth was glorified with the prophetic word of Zechariah, who said: “And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways, to give knowledge … Continue reading

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Introducing St Theodore of Tarsus

by Fr James Siemens, Ph.D. Work by unknowns is easy to ignore. Those whose contributions failed to find a recorder in their time, or a relay later, slip from memory and get dismissed as insignificant. This is especially the case … Continue reading

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The Impossible Verses of Ezekiel

Ezekiel 20 Every preacher has a list of favorite texts of the Bible that he loves to preach on. They touch something deep within him or her and unleash intellect, imagination, and passion in service of the gospel. For me, … Continue reading

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