Calvinism, Catholicism, and the Cross of Calvary

Calvinism, Catholicism, and the Cross of Calvary

Despite media pundits and Protestant bloggers tripping over themselves to opine on (their complete misunderstandings of) Pope Francis’s recent homily, I do think his remarks provide a good springboard for discussion about what Rome and Geneva think the cross actually accomplishes. Where the Reformed get tripped up is over Francis’s use of the word “redeemed” and its application to all people, including atheists....

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Christ’s Sacrifice and Christian Suffering

I have been preaching a ten-week series at Exile called A Living Sacrifice during which we have traced the theme of sacrifice through the pages of Scripture, beginning back in the garden of Eden (of the ten, nine sermons have been preached). The full list looks like this: Man the WorshiperCreation of a Cosmic TempleHumanity’s High PriestThe Cup and the CrossThe Mystery of the GospelA Sacrifice of PraiseBaptized to DeathSupper and...

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Homo Liturgicus: The Cruciform Life

As we bring our series on Homo Liturgicus to a close, we now turn to consider the issue of sacrifice as it pertains to the living of the Christian life in the context of the kingdom of man. We have seen already that one of the ways that we participate in Jesus’ once-for-all sacrifice is by means of the New Covenant’s two sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. But how do we give expression to this dynamic in our lives more...

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Homo Liturgicus: Cup and Cross, Supper and Sacrifice

The thesis that we have been consider-ing in our study of Homo Liturgicus is that it is in Christ that man’s sac-rificial telos is ultimately fulfilled. Although the first Adam failed to offer himself sacrificially to God in self-giving love, Jesus the second Adam accomplished this task, and moreover, it was not for himself that he did this, but for the express purpose of incorporating humanity into his sacrifice. Christ suffered, the just for...

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Homo Liturgicus: Baptized to Death

We saw in the last post in our series on the topic of Homo Liturgicus, Man the Worshiper, that our sacrificial telos—according to which man was created to offer himself to God in self-giving love—is ultimately fulfilled by Christ. His sacrifice of himself upon the cross is the supreme display of worship. Moreover, Jesus’ sacrifice was not offered for his own benefit, but for ours: For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for...

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Homo Liturgicus: The Mystery of the Gospel

We have seen thus far in our consideration of Homo Liturgicus that man was created with a sacrificial telos in view, but that his fall into sin rendered him unfit to fulfill his destiny of offering himself back to God in sacrificial, self-giving love. In Christ man’s destiny is fulfilled, for, as we saw in our last post, Jesus’ work upon the cross can best be understood as a sacrifice offered to his Father, one with which God was...

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