"Mary the Mother of Jesus is a 14-year-old middle-eastern girl, about to become a political refugee, shameful to her family and her betrothed, the kind of person that 'gets put away quietly.' We would ignore her, at best. Maybe we would do much worse." Evan Rosa considers Mary's "Magnificat" and her humility in this Advent reflection.
Theologian Joshua Farris challenges the growing assumption that belief in immaterial souls is passé, specifically addressing the arguments of Joel Green, and reflecting on 2 Corinthians 5:1-10.
This is Part 1 of our series on Theological Anthropology, "What Is Man, That Thou Art Mindful of Him?"
The Gospel of Matthew is in the news. And the meaning of "the least of these" is at the center of the debate. Who was Jesus referring to when he spoke of "the least of these"? The poor of the world? Just the Christian poor? Or does he have in mind any persecuted believer?
"...It seems that in many locations within Christianity there is a great hesitancy to give voice to any negativity regarding our relationship with God. Again, the reason for this seems to be the assumption described above, that any distress, complaint or negativity in the God-relationship is symptomatic of a lack or loss of faith.
Lent is a season of seeking: of remembering and returning to our journey toward the vibrance and brilliance of resurrection life. That journey suggests a turning inward. Contemplation, introspecting, coming into closer contact with our true selves. Betsy Barber, currently a research fellow for CCT's year on Psychology and Spiritual Formation, reminds us of the goal of Lent: to live up to Christ's offering of redemptive life. (She also recounts some encouraging advice for those of us fasting this season.)