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Belonging Body & Soul (to Christ)

Belonging Body & Soul (to Christ)

These beliefs aren’t just words; they affect everything about us. If we belong to our Lord Jesus, then we keep nothing hidden from him, or apart from our devotion to him. How we see ourselves, and each other. The way we love, the way we forgive, what we do with our gifts and our power. How we spend our time and how we spend our money. What we value and what we let go. What we long for and what grieves our hearts. 

And the reason we celebrate this sacrament over and over again is that it is so, so hard to remember this truth. It’s hard to hold onto this faith. It’s hard to remember even our deepest, most life-giving beliefs. So we come here to practice, again and again. 

One Lord: The Theological Declaration of Barmen

One Lord: The Theological Declaration of Barmen

Sometimes the word the church speaks is one of unity and reconciliation to a fragmented world, as we heard last week in the Confession of 1967. And sometimes, as with Barmen or Belhar, the word of the Confessions is a warning that unity itself is a danger, if unity silences the Gospel itself. 

Which leads me to wonder: what testimony is needed for our time? In light of the conflict in our world today, what should we be saying as Christians? In a tense political climate, what should we being proclaiming in the church today? I don’t have the answers, though I know this much: we can’t be making proclamations about everything, or we will stand for nothing.