Incarnation—One Time Only

child's drawing of the nativity

Christmas celebrates the whole idea of the incarnation, when “the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14). God the Son was incarnated as (became flesh as) Jesus of Nazareth. The incarnation is a one-time-only event in history. I was surprised to read a writer giving this play on that verse from John: “The Word must continue…

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Christianity—All or Nothing

sale table at New Age bookstore

R. C. Foster (1888–1970) was describing atheists and liberal Christians who are willing to borrow from the Sermon on the Mount but want to isolate some of those maxims from foundational teachings like the deity of Jesus, the atonement, etc. But Foster reminds us that the Sermon on the Mount “is founded on the rock of Jesus’ divine person” and…

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Dogma Double-Talk

I read an article titled “Awakening Avalon” in Whole Living magazine’s Nov/Dec 2016 issue (flip to page 13 here to read it). Author Tara L. Robinson, a New Age high priestess, calls us to get in touch with our own divinity and let the magick flow. She made a point of saying that she doesn’t like dogma . . .…

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Peace Hocus-Pocus?

A friend asked me to report on something called the American Peace Intention Experiment (APIE). I’m not sure I have the strength! Google-search that term and you’ll find that, apparently, the first experiment took place a few years ago. That plan was for “hundreds of thousands of participants” to mentally send the same “intention for peace.” Afterward, some “leaders in…

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“Incarnate Yourself”

jesus sihouette with label "Justin of Nashville"

“Incarnate yourself.” That’s the absolute worst wording I’ve seen in articles about “incarnational” ministry! More typically it’s “we must incarnate Christ.” Still . . . must we incarnate (become flesh as) Christ? Is that even possible? The incarnation was a one-time event in history: God incarnated (became flesh as) Jesus of Nazareth. God does not incarnate Justin of Nashville. Nor…

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