Vol 2:40 The Soul of God: So this is Christmas – Jesus, the Embodiment of God’s Mission

In this Advent season, many wonder who this Jesus, whom we celebrate at Christmas, really is. Jesus is the active participation of God in humanity in order to reconcile humanity to God. This insight is expressed in Ray Anderson’s theological memoir, The Soul of God. There is something completely unique and completely human about Jesus that embodies and fulfills the mission of God in...
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Vol 2: 39 The Soul of God: Being in Christ and Christ Being in Us

God’s mission connects us with God through Jesus Christ. This insight is expressed in Ray Anderson’s theological memoir, The Soul of God. In the fifth chapter of The Soul of God, Ray Anderson relates that “to know God is to be reconciled to God, and in being reconciled to God we come to know God” (p. 71). He expands on this, lest we think that the act of reconciliation is something we...
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Vol 2:38 The Soul of God: Living and Breathing the Mission of God – A Mission that is Personal

God’s mission is deeply personal. This insight is expressed in Ray Anderson’s theological memoir, The Soul of God. In the fourth chapter of The Soul of God, Ray Anderson shares a perspective from this theological mentor Thomas F. Torrance “that God confronts humans as subjects” (p. 61). Anderson states that Torrance expressed “that God confronts humans as subjects ‘by addressing...
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Vol 2: 37 The Soul of God: A Missional Credo – Living as Jesus

As I further explore insights from Ray Anderson’s theological memoir, The Soul of God, I continue to be deeply influenced in being shaped in living missionally. In the second chapter of The Soul of God, Ray Anderson shares regarding the humanity of Jesus as to what it meant that he was sent – as a way of shaping how we are sent. I share his statement here without comment – it is for me a...
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Vol 2: 36 The Soul of God: Deconstructing an Abstract God

I am further exploring insights I have gained from reading Ray Anderson’s theological memoir, entitled, The Soul of God. Ray Anderson, as mentioned in last week’s blog, has had a tremendous influence in my life, shaping much of my understanding and engagement of pastoral ministry. In the second chapter of The Soul of God, Ray Anderson expresses that “the abstract concepts of God which...
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