Weekly Compendium

What you may have missed from earlier in the week…

Jonas Ellison
Uncomfortable
The idea, the possibility, that God is as kind, loving, and gracious as Jesus - as nice as it sounds - is a disconcerting one. The idea of an oppressive God is so much more... familiar even comfortable in a lot of ways. If you can position yourself on the ‘right side…
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Jonas Ellison
Self-centered spirituality
Our spirituality goes haywire when it starts with self, not God. When personal responsibility replaces personal response to God. Or when we talk about gaining virtue in the same way that we might talk about chiseling our biceps or perfecting our tennis serve…
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Jonas Ellison
The new old
The Old Covenant (aka the ‘Old Testament’ or the Hebrew Bible) refers to the agreement in the Bible between God and Israel that happened on Mt. Sinai. Moses was the one who presided over this covenant. The agreement essentially states that if you obey God’s commandments (and hey, who can argue with not killing, lying, stealing, etc.), God will love you…
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Jonas Ellison
An All Saints reflection on death
God has swallowed up death. God has absorbed it into God's body on the cross and at the beginning of time. Death has never been separate from God. There is no place - even in death - where you are unmoored from God’s loving embrace. For God is not a God of death. Rather, God is a God of resurrection who uses death as God's raw material to bring you into …
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Jonas Ellison
You are a result of pure joy
It’s accurate to say that God is love. But this is different from saying that God loves. Love is not a characteristic of God. Love isn’t a thing that God does because if love is something God does, there has to be a time when God doesn’t love. If love were something that God did, God would need to muster up love somehow. God would need you to be a certain…
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