It is for this reason that we must cherish the earth: the earth is where God first met and still meets us. If we are to preserve the world for future generations it is because those future generations will best know the Creator through the creation, not merely because it is beautiful and majestic, but because the land, the earth is where God has always mediated loving kindness to humanity.
The body of Christ is not a mere affinity group, a subculture, or a specific congregation, but a profound cosmic existence that finds its true nature and purpose as it gathers with the recognition that it is not limited by walls or years.
…you might be thinking that while these ideas are somewhat logical, you personally could never stomach dealing with the bodies of the dead.
Communion, even simply as an act of profound togetherness, has been literally life saving for me in my own journey. Yet one must not be satisfied merely with the milk of human kindness; the meat of this rite is in the connection with the dead.
Jesus told his disciples, “do this in remembrance of me.” What was the “this” of which Jesus spoke? Was it simply eating together or something more?
Living as one who is already dead has the power to move the Christian into a reality that is deeper than being a good person…
The baptismal font is not merely a bath, where we are washed clean of sin, but a moment of potential drowning.