Posts tagged “Freedom

Sermo Dei: Invocabit 2017

Posted on March 6th, 2017

What would you do if you could do anything? The great basketball coach John Wooden said, “The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.” It’s those moments when no one is watching when our true self emerges. When you can do what you choose, what do you do? And if you could choose anything, what would it be? Among the most common myths is that you can achieve freedom by having more resources and less responsibility. If you had more money and less work, then you’d be free. If you had more time and fewer people making demands, then you’d be free. It’s a lie. Freedom is not found in time or money. And slavery is…

Sermo Dei: Ash Wednesday 2015

Posted on March 11th, 2015

First of a four-part series on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “Stations on the Road to Freedom.”   “A God without wrath brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a Cross.” That is H. Richard Niebuhr’s classic summary of liberal Christianity. The cross is prominent in our church – but the moderating, attenuating spirit is ever at work within us. I like my Christ with His cross, but I would like to be a Christian without crosses of my own. The Gospel of Jesus sets us free from the guilt of sin. Yet sin as a power still clings to us, inhering in our nature. The inclination to evil desires sometimes takes us by surprise, arising seemingly out…

Easter freedom

Posted on April 3rd, 2013

Great thought for Easter Wednesday from Russell Moore: In the long run we’re all dead, and in the longer run we’re all raised from the dead. There’s a freedom that comes from seeing that. -Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ

Advent reading, day 3: A misshapen life

Posted on November 30th, 2011

Today’s reading from Augustine’s Confessions: 11/30 – Book II, vi (12) through Book III, vi (11)  [[pp30-43]] This segment takes us from Augustine’s reflections on the theft of the pears to his advanced studies in Carthage and joining the Manichean cult. Passages I found particularly notable: Still reflecting on what drove him to commit the theft (of the pears): “I feasted on the sin, nothing else.” “In vice there lurks a counterfeit beauty.” Every pursuit of man is folly, for the real and only satiety is found in God alone. For example, “Avarice strives to amass possessions, but you own everything. Envy is contentious over rank accorded to another, but what ranks higher than you?” Sin is the act of a prisoner playing at freedom,…