Posts tagged “Athanasian Creed

Sermo Dei: Holy Trinity 2017

Posted on June 11th, 2017

Holy Trinity Isaiah 6:1-7 June 11, A+D 2017 I love the Athanasian Creed. The mystery of the Trinity – three coequal persons who each are God and yet there is one God – and then the mystery of the incarnation, that God the Son assumed our human flesh into His person – the more we know the less we understand; all we are left with is adoration. And yet I find the Athanasian Creed terrifying. It demands that not only my mind be conformed to God’s Word, but my life and deeds too. The books will be opened and I will be judged. Those who have done good will go into everlasting life; those who have done evil will go into everlasting condemnation. It’s…

Sermo Dei: Trinity 2014

Posted on June 15th, 2014

Nicodemus came by night. (John 3:1-17) No mere time reference, Nicodemus is walking in the dark. You know the darkness. You’ve felt it, casting a pall over your mind, a shadow over your heart. The darkness burns like acid in your esophagus. In the darkness you lust, in the darkness you lament, in the darkness you plot revenge, in the darkness you seethe with anger and resentment. Besides all this, there is a spiritual darkness that demands of God, “How can these things be?” Creation. Marriage and sexuality. Abortion. These are all areas today where people hear the Word of God and scoff: “How can these things be?” Science—from the Latin word scientia meaning knowledge, understanding—pure science observes the world and finds evidence of…

"My Father is greater than I"

Posted on May 29th, 2009

I’ve been struggling to fully understand the Gospel reading for this coming Sunday, Pentecost (John 14:23-31), particularly these words of Jesus: “My Father is greater than I.” Francis Pieper, in his Christian Dogmatics (II:62), says the following: The statement of John 14:28: “My Father is greater than I,” describes Christ according to His human nature in the state of humiliation, for according to the context Christ is speaking of a condition which ends with His going to the Father. See Luther, St. L. XI:1079 f. (I don’t have access to the referenced Luther text; if anyone does, I’d be glad if they shared what it says there.) I have no tendency or interest in limiting the full and completely deity of our Lord JESUS…