Range and Reality of Christian Truth

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The last weeks were a painful and tumultuous one for our nation and for our region. In such a moment there are a number of things that need to be said, and our faith alone has the capacity to comprise them all. Too easily our secular setting narrows what we would say to options of a more political nature. So let me list some of the varied affirmations the Scriptures encourage us to hold simultaneously.

The maintenance of public order is a vocation from God. (Romans 13). Luther called it 'God's left hand.'

We as Christians are enjoined by Paul to 'weep with those who weep' (Romans 12) even as we offer a larger hope.

The secular affirmation of equality is rooted in the nature of the human 'in the image of God.' (Genesis 1)

The prophets challenge us to see ways in which our society suffers from division and prejudice, how the marginalized undergo abuse.

They call us to action even as the Scriptures recognize larger structures and forces at work, the 'powers and principalities.' (Ephesians 5). We are hopeful but deeply realistic.

Meanwhile the Church, though subject to all the failings of the present age, is also a sign of the new Jerusalem. It is the body of Christ and as such already is, in spite of ourselves, one (Acts 2). It has to strive to live into this fact. Ecumenism pursues living into who we already are, a community beyond tribe or race.

My point is simply that Christian truth has the capacity to say all the things that need saying at one and the same time. By contrast our own wits come up short. 

Peace

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Theologia de Jugar

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Teología de jugar

Hola de la escuela de lenguaje de Ileri en San Jose, Costa Rica.  Nuestra escuela está cerca de la Iglesia de este pueblo. Hoy aprendi que muchos anós atras cada Iglesia tenía su propia plaza y despues de el servicio los jovenes jugaban futbol en ella..

En el Siglo XVII  nosotros anglicanos nos preguntamos ¿debemosjugar los domingos? ¿Es justo hacer esto? Y ahora nos preguntamos justamente sobre una teología de juego comunalEl cuadro en la plaza cerca de Iglesia nos ayuda a entender.

En nuestra cultura, nosotros olvidamos la verdad de jugar con gusto. Conocemos comercio solamente.  Hace medio siglo Pieper y Huizinga escribieron libros de 'homo ludens'(la persona jugando) y dijeron que adorar y jugar son similares.

Vivimos en en un tiempo secular pero necesitamos recordar la relacion de la Iglesia y la plaza, el espacio entre esos do, por el beneficio de todas las personas.

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Complete the Race (II Timothy 4:17)

At the end of our vacation we find ourselves in Chicago for its Marathon weekend (the fastest, I have read this morning, perhaps because it is cool and relatively level). Marathons offer many good things. You can see world-class athletes from places like Ethiopia and Kenya. There is a feel of fiesta with signs by family members, getups by some for-fun runners, and food for sale.

But as I looked out my hotel window at 7:30 a.m., I watched the race of competitors who have lost legs or their use. Wheeling vehicles by arm for 26 miles means serious fitness and determination.

Those competitors were to me, this morning, a symbol of the Church too. For each is wounded. The larger family cheers them on. Each by grace has risen up to run the race. Ahead is the goal, the prize, the welcome home. We find the companionship of Jesus the Lord, there, and along the route too.

Amen.

GRS