Today I want to finish up my series on the healing of the human heart with a celebration of the Atonement (our reconciliation with God through Jesus.) I love the concept, but let me be clear what it means and doesn’t mean for me. Continue reading “Atonement: Healed and Restored”
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.— Jesus (John 3:16)
Every morning, I remind myself of certain truths. This is a profoundly important practice for me because it sets the tone and structure for the day. Central to these affirmations is the answer to the question: who am I? Continue reading “Identity Theft and Our Glorious Calling”
One of them, a lawyer, asked Jesus a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”— Matthew 22:36-40
I am continuing my series on the spiritual life. Last time, I said that I wanted to go a little deeper and talk about how God, through Jesus, lead us to freedom and abundance of life by healing our hearts. To get there, I need to talk about two concepts that many people misunderstand: sin and atonement.
“Sin” is more than shame. “Atonement” is more than hate.
“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.”— Jesus on the healing of the human heart (Matthew 9:13)
I hope that what I have been writing about the Rule of Life has been interesting to you. I do believe that it is an invaluable tool in the spiritual life. The last time I wrote, I talked about the purpose of the Rule of Life being to put God at the centre. I also talked about grace being central to the character of God.
In the next few articles in this series, I want to go a little bit deeper. And to go deeper, I need to talk about one of the central dynamics of the spiritual life: the healing of the human heart.
Happy Feast of the Ascension of our Lord! This is a church liturgical celebration that often gets lost because it takes place during the week, but also because people sometimes don’t understand why it is important. The feast is profound because it brings together a number of different story lines in the Gospel, Continue reading “Ascension: Meditating on the Story”