Last Sunday morning, as
did many Christians, we remembered the baptism of Jesus. We gave thanks for great gifts of grace and
mercy which flow into us and surround us through our immersion in the love of
God made known in Jesus’ life, teachings, death and resurrection.
wonderful and holy,
world and the Author of Life.
love for us in the history of Israel
death, and resurrection of Jesus.
reconcile, heal, and overcome death.
energizes your church with grace,
live like Jesus in the world.
gift of baptism,
of new birth,
power of your mercy,
thirst-quenching water of your presence,
which shame and guilt die,
resurrection with Jesus to a life of joy and hope.
and praise that, with Jesus,
children, in whom you take great delight,
giving us everything we need
you are calling us to live. Amen.
Sunday night, as part of our “Second Thoughts”
series (conversations about hard questions at the intersection of faith and
life), we explored what it means to be human.
Though this paragraph might make very little sense without the context
of my whole presentation (it might not make much sense even with my whole
presentation!), here’s my conclusion, which I offered at the outset of my talk:
with the simple fact that there are great lines of continuity between us and
animals but that we also have the capacity for transcendence and for God. We are creatures of the earth, who bear the
image of God. We are formed by language
and stories. We have the capacity to
envision a future, to intend certain ways of living in that future, and to have
hope. We have an immense longing, a
restless and intense yearning, for beauty, meaning and love. We were made by God for God, who wants our
living to be lively—who wants us to experience abundant, free, and joyful life.
am aware that there are strong and crucial connections between baptism and this
view of what it means to be human. Christian
anthropology is really another way of doing Christology: we are
most human and most alive when we are most like Jesus.