Archive for the 'Grace' Category

The Subversion of All Systems

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

While I have this moment of clarity, I thought I would proclaim that the Cross subverts all systems by which humanity attempts to secure divine favor, or bring peace and order to the world. This is an assertion that is particularly directed to religious types such as myself. The Cross subverts human systems, particularly religious [...]

Meta-Exegesis on Spirit and Law

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

The following is a bit of meta-exegesis, which is to say that instead of providing and explanation of a religious text (exegesis), I am providing a commentary on another person’s explanation of a religious text. Although, what I offer is not so much a commentary but rather me wrestling with and processing another person’s exegesis. [...]

God’s Vulnerability

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

It is the fifth day of Christmas and I’ve been reading Brennan Manning’s The Ragamuffin Gospel, which inspired me to write the following riff about the vulnerability of God, a vulnerability manifested in the Cross. ******* There is a deep connection between the brutal marks engraved on the vulnerable and naked body of the Son [...]

This is Grace

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

This is grace: to know that God stubbornly embraces you even though your heart pulses with the power to personally drive and twist the nails further into the body of the one who hung to bless you.

Stabbed By Grace

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Sometimes I am stabbed by a notion of grace that at once utterly undermines the fallen instincts of all secular ideologies and all religious striving and yet completely upholds genuine human integrity and completely defines and fulfills our deepest desire for freedom and love. When I am confronted by this grace I am astonished by [...]