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The Threefold Office in Christ and the Church

It’s a classic thesis of Christian theology — especially dear to the Reformed tradition, but with appeal more broadly — that Christ fulfills a threefold office in his temporal mission, of prophet, priest, and king. Jesus sums up the three … Continue reading

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Mark reads Ezekiel 36-37

Some observations on Mark 5:21-43, inspired in part by a sermon delivered this morning at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church by the Rev. Dr. Brooks Graebner. This pericope is one of the famous “Markan sandwiches,” in which one narrative interrupts another … Continue reading

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The Unforgiving Servant

When asked by Peter how many times he should forgive someone who wrongs him, Jesus tells a parable about a servant who, after having been forgiven a debt worth billions of dollars, cruelly throws a colleague in jail over a … Continue reading

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Did the Son of God assume a human being?

Strange though it might seem, Aquinas says “No” (ST III.4.3.c.). The Son assumes our human nature, and that nature is united with the divine in the very person of the Son, which means that the man Jesus isn’t assumed by … Continue reading

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The LORD’s paschal lamb

Much NT soteriology turns on the typological relationship between Jesus’ ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection with the Passover and Exodus (cf. Mk 1:1, 1 Pet 1:13, i.a.), but nowhere is this trope closer to the surface than in John’s Passion narrative, where … Continue reading

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“Pure Nature” and Christology

TJ White insists that the concept “pure nature” is vital to Christian thinking about the human, whether as unfallen, fallen, redeemed, or hypostatically united to the Word (Jesus). “Underlying the states of integral, fallen, redeemed, and Christic (Christ’s own) human … Continue reading

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Bearing the cross as solidarity

In Mk 8:34, Jesus tell his disciples, “τις θέλει ὀπίσω μου ἀκολουθεῖν ἀπαρνησάσθω ἑαυτὸν καὶ ἀράτω τὸν σταυρὸν αὐτοῦ καὶ ἀκολουθείτω μοι.” In Discipleship, Bonhoeffer beautifully draws out the implications of this verse for believers’ imitation of Christ (though not more beautifully … Continue reading

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