“Jesus rises from the waters; the world rises with him.”

Gregory of Nazianzen seems to grasp some of the significance of the baptism of Christ in his baptismal sermon, when he marvelously stated that in his baptism "Jesus rises from the waters; the world rises with him." The baptism of Christ is truly the baptism of us all in him ...

My eyes have seen your salvation!

The salvation of God is there whether we see it or not. But when we see it, seeing brings joy – if it doesn’t, it’s not the salvation of God that we see. The sight of God's salvation does not leave us unaltered. Seeing God’s salvation means taking part here and now in what Jesus is doing for the whole world ...

“Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” Sermon for Stephen’s day

In the midst of celebrating Christmas, we should keep in mind that not all Christians are lucky to live in peace and safety. By commemorating the martyrdom of Stephen we also commemorate those Christians who are persecuted today. But we are also thereby reminded, that God forgives even those who persecute his people ...

Francis Poulenc – O Magnum Mysterium

O great mystery, and wonderful sacrament, that animals should see the newborn Lord, lying in a manger! Blessed is the virgin whose womb was worthy to bear the Lord, Jesus Christ. Alleluia! ...

The Son of God was made man! Irenaeus on the coming of God in Christ

How shall man pass into God, unless God has passed into man? And how shall he escape from the generation subject to death, if not by means of a new generation, given in a wonderful and unexpected manner by God— that regeneration which flows from the virgin through faith? ...

G.K. Chesterton’s solemn warning against one-sided hope (and a few thoughts on some alternatives)

The Christian hope for all is always in spite of our very plausible, realistic and as such urgent pessimisms about the destiny of most people in the present. This is why the Christian hope for all is a call to action here and now rather than passivity ...

Available now as paperback! The Everlasting Gospel by Georg Klein-Nicolai

A new paperback edition of Georg Klein-Nicolai's classic, The Everlasting Gospel, is now available on Amazon.com ...

Peter Böhler (1712-1775)

Peter (or Petrus) Böhler (1712-1775) was a German-English Moravian bishop and missionary. Böhler, as witnessed by George Whitefield in a letter to John Wesley, apparently confessed his beliefs in a universal redemption ...

“Death has lost its power over all.” Athanasius on the union of Christ with humankind

For Athanasius, the divinity of Christ was crucial for the salvation of humanity. By receiving a human body, Christ, the eternal Word of God, bestowed the gift of his divinity upon our humanity, says Athanasius. "by virtue of the Word’s indwelling in a single human body, the corruption which goes with death has lost its power over all."" ...

James Relly: The Great Salvation Contemplated, epistle III

Hence, I propose, that the elect are not a people chosen to be the objects of God’s love and salvation, to the final exclusion of others: but a people chosen to believe the truth, and to rejoice in the salvation of Jesus in time; while others yet remain in a state of ignorance, of what they are equally entitled to with the elect ...

Gregory of Nyssa: A treatise on First Corinthians 15:28 (In Illud)

Gregory argues that the subjection spoken of by Paul is in both instances not a forced, but a free and joyful subjection, that leads to salvation of all who are subjected to God through Christ ...

In memoriam Gary Amirault

Gary Amirault, the founder of Tentmaker Ministries and tentmaker.org, has passed away. The ministry of Gary has been a great blessing to many around the world. Gary died of a broken heart after losing his wife, Michelle. Tentmaker.org is the largest collection of texts on Universal Reconcilation and Christian Universalism available. A great number of people have come to a greater hope in God's love by, often accidentally, finding tentmaker.org in their search for a more gracious gospel ...

James Relly: The Great Salvation Contemplated, epistle I+II

"There are but few individuals, so crucified to system, so detached from party, as to see and confess this truth much less can they perceive, how those doctrines, so seemingly contradictory, and opposite to each other, should yet be one in Christ, and preaching the same salvation, in the same language. Yet in this light I view them, and hope to speak intelligibly of the matter." ...

Jesus and the sign of the prophet Jonah

When Jesus talks about the sign of the prophet Jonah, it is not so much about us, but first of all about Jesus. The story of Jonah is a story about the cross and resurrection of Christ. It is Jesus who is to experience the uttermost darkness at the bottom of death, he who is about to go through a radical spiritual crisis in order to experience salvation ...

Karl Barth: The Epistle to the Romans

Karl Barth, The Epistle to the Romans. Translated from the 6th edition by Edwyn C. Hoskyns, Bart., M.A. with a preface to the English edition by the author (1933). "The Church hopes. Well, this is the hope of the Church. There is no other hope. Would that the Church might comprehend it!" ...
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“Jesus rises from the waters; the world rises with him.”

Gregory of Nazianzen seems to grasp some of the significance of the baptism of Christ in his baptismal sermon, when he marvelously stated that in his baptism "Jesus rises from the waters; the world rises with him." The baptism of Christ is truly the baptism of us all in him ...
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My eyes have seen your salvation!

The salvation of God is there whether we see it or not. But when we see it, seeing brings joy – if it doesn’t, it’s not the salvation of God that we see. The sight of God's salvation does not leave us unaltered. Seeing God’s salvation means taking part here and now in what Jesus is doing for the whole world ...
Read More ...

“Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” Sermon for Stephen’s day

In the midst of celebrating Christmas, we should keep in mind that not all Christians are lucky to live in peace and safety. By commemorating the martyrdom of Stephen we also commemorate those Christians who are persecuted today. But we are also thereby reminded, that God forgives even those who persecute his people ...
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Francis Poulenc – O Magnum Mysterium

O great mystery, and wonderful sacrament, that animals should see the newborn Lord, lying in a manger! Blessed is the virgin whose womb was worthy to bear the Lord, Jesus ...

The Son of God was made man! Irenaeus on the coming of God in Christ

How shall man pass into God, unless God has passed into man? And how shall he escape from the generation subject to death, if not by means of a new ...

G.K. Chesterton’s solemn warning against one-sided hope (and a few thoughts on some alternatives)

The Christian hope for all is always in spite of our very plausible, realistic and as such urgent pessimisms about the destiny of most people in the present. This is ...

Available now as paperback! The Everlasting Gospel by Georg Klein-Nicolai

A new paperback edition of Georg Klein-Nicolai's classic, The Everlasting Gospel, is now available on Amazon.com ...

Peter Böhler (1712-1775)

Peter (or Petrus) Böhler (1712-1775) was a German-English Moravian bishop and missionary. Böhler, as witnessed by George Whitefield in a letter to John Wesley, apparently confessed his beliefs in a ...

“Death has lost its power over all.” Athanasius on the union of Christ with humankind

For Athanasius, the divinity of Christ was crucial for the salvation of humanity. By receiving a human body, Christ, the eternal Word of God, bestowed the gift of his divinity ...

James Relly: The Great Salvation Contemplated, epistle III

Hence, I propose, that the elect are not a people chosen to be the objects of God’s love and salvation, to the final exclusion of others: but a people chosen ...

Gregory of Nyssa: A treatise on First Corinthians 15:28 (In Illud)

Gregory argues that the subjection spoken of by Paul is in both instances not a forced, but a free and joyful subjection, that leads to salvation of all who are ...
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