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Universal Reconciliation in the Roman Catholic Church – encouraging references

Through the centuries the Roman Catholic Church has periodically convened in councils, the first in AD 325 in Nicaea, and the last from 1962 to 1965 in Rome. This last council – the Second Vatican Council – has so influenced the modern Roman Catholic Church that its effects are still very much felt today. One of the recurring themes that runs throughout the documents produced by this council is “the Gospel’s message that the human race was to become the ...
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Who are Jesus’ flock? Notes for a sermon on sheep

To belong to the flock of Christ - to be a part of his church - means to confess that he is one with the Father and that all and everything has been put into his hands. This also means to have a hope that is larger than a particular and narrow hope for the elect only. This larger hope is exactly what distinguishes the church from the pharisees of Jesus' time and indeed all religious elites who want to ...
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Jacques Ellul on Jonah’s song: “God has been gracious from the very beginning”

Jonah, being a sign anticipating Christ's death and resurrection, is, according to Jacques Ellul, actually in hell (Sheol, " the realm of the dead"). But this is exactly where he experiences the grace of God, even if he has not yet seen deliverance ...
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Christoph Blumhardt: Action in Waiting

Blumhardt's dialectical point is that only when we are ready to wait for the coming Kingdom of God are we truly able to act in the world here and now ...

Jürgen Moltmann: The Crucified God

In his important work, The Crucified God (first released in German in 1972 as Der gekreuzigte Gott. Das Kreuz Christi als Grund und Kritik christlicher Theologie), Moltmann established the crucified ...

Jacques Ellul: The Judgment of Jonah

Jacques Ellul, The Judgment of Jonah (Wipf & Stock 2011) "What is really intimated is the adventure of Jesus. What happens to Jonah happens to Jesus. For Jesus took on ...

Karl Barth: “God has mercy on us.” Sermon from the Basel prison

The arms of his eternal love, if I may say so, are already outstretched when he makes us prisoners of disobedience. He does so in order to have mercy on ...

Bonhoeffer: “God goes to all people in their need”

God goes to all people in their need, fills body and soul with God’s own bread, goes for Christians and heathens to Calvary’s death and forgives them both ...

Athanasius on eternal election

Nor in any other way was it fitting that our life should be founded, but in the Lord who is before the ages, and through whom the ages were brought ...

Reconciling Conflicting Convictions on the Sovereignty of God and the Freedom of Human Beings: Three Centuries (16th-18th) of Baptist Universalism

Should we emphasize the sovereignty of God at the cost of having to narrow the scope of his love and mercy and the freedom of human beings? Or should we ...

“The theology of the cross is the true Christian universalism” – Moltmann on the Gentile centurion and Jesus’ Easter appearances

There is no distinction here, and there cannot be any more distinctions. All are sinners without distinction, and all will be made righteous without any merit on their part by ...
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