Tag Archives: God

The Incomprehensibility of Divine Personhood and the Mysticism of the Hoi Poloi

The Eastern theological tradition has long insisted the essence of God is incomprehensible, inaccessible, unknowable, and imparticipable to all rational creatures, human and angelic. The living God can only be apprehended through his divine energies. As Vladimir Lossky writes: “Wholly … Continue reading

Posted in Dumitru Staniloae, Zizioulas & Yannaras | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Slowly Reading St Athanasius: the God we didn’t invent, rotten avocados, and other vast imponderables

by John Stamps Kids love to ask their parents questions. Kids think nothing of asking tough questions. They ask them as easily as they eat or play or sleep. They think these questions are harm­less. But the children are wrong. … Continue reading

Posted in Athanasius | Tagged , , , , | 9 Comments

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

Posted in Bible, Robert Jenson | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Grace, Justification & Theosis, Robert Jenson | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

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

Posted in Bible, Preaching, Robert Jenson | Tagged , , , , , , | 34 Comments

Apokatastasis and the Radical Vision of Unconditional Divine Love

What is at stake in the universalist/infernalist debate? Perhaps the best way to answer this is to first identify what is not at stake. What is not at stake is the christological foundation of salvation. I wholeheartedly affirm that salvation … Continue reading

Posted in Eschatology, Grace, Justification & Theosis | Tagged , , , , , , , | 21 Comments

Riding the Waves of Providence

Imagine a world in which you live not on a body of fixed land, whether continent or archipel­ago, but on a floating island that moves on the waves, driven by current, tide, and wind. One might describe the island as … Continue reading

Posted in Inklings & Company | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Slowly Reading St Athanasius: Playing the Creation Card

by John Stamps These things, then, they fantasize. But the inspired teaching and faith according to Christ casts out their vain talk as godlessness. For it knows that neither spontaneously, as it is not without providence, nor from pre-existent matter, … Continue reading

Posted in Athanasius | Tagged , | 2 Comments