The Gospel in Chairs…….

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Given that I haven’t posted all week….I thought I would share this with you! 🙂

Ever wondered what all this talk about Jesus dying for our sins is all about??? There are two systems of thought….One being the juridical model of St. Anselm, and the other the Christus Victor (restorative) model, outlined most fully by the Cappadocian Fathers

This video outlines both systems in a very effective and accessible skit 🙂

While I don’t think that the two theories of atonement are diametrically opposed to one another, this presentation helps to highlight the main difference between mainline Roman Catholic and Protestant thinking, and that of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

The first view places a strong emphasis on God’s sense of justice, the second on God’s undying, radical love for humanity.

As with anything, I think there is a balance between the two…..a valid concern to correct injustice…..but at the same time…… an open admission that our Lord’s grace and mercy overflows beyond our comprehension and there is never a place where God is not. 🙂

Thanks be to God for the miracle of the Incarnation and the gift of resurrection and faith. Always confronting us, restoring us and making us new!+

Evening Prayer: Jan. 17th

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Psalms: 9, 15
Gospel: Mark 3:7-19
Patristic Reading: Chapters XIII to XVI of St, Ignatius’ Letter to the Ephesians (scroll down the page to find the text)

St. Antony of Egypt

Today/tonight is the commemoration of St. Athony, the father of Christian monasticism. According to the story he retreated to the desert after hearing the words of Matthew 19:21

‘If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money* to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me

That attitude of all or nothing has always attracted me to Monasticism and the Desert Fathers…..I know I could never do it :P…but I admire those who can.

In place of my own reflections tonight…..I urge you to check out this documentary which is at once both inspiring and intriguing:

The Last Anchorite part 1:

Part 2:

God bless+ 😀

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