Steven Harmon is Adjunct Professor of Christian Theology at the Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity in Boiling Springs, N.C. He is the author of Ecumenism Means You, Too: Ordinary Christians and the Quest for Christian Unity (Cascade Books) and a contributor to the ABPNews Blog.
When we pray for the future of the papacy and the members of the church it serves, we advance the unity for which our Lord prayed.
America’s love affair with guns stems from a deeper assumption that it is possible to fight violence with violence.
The theme for the 2012 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Jan. 18-25) is “We Will All Be Changed by the Victory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Based on First Corinthians 15: 51-58, the theme encourages Christians to seek visible unity of the church at a time when divisions seem to be worsening and apathy about those divisions increasing.
Reflecting on Scripture, the fourth-century church father Gregory of Nyssa insists that in the Incarnation the Son of God embraced fully the human condition, including “the advance from infancy to adulthood,” and experienced from others the alienation and violence that mark humanity’s sinful condition.
Updating my Facebook status about being in England last week to participate in the final of current international theological conversations between the Baptist World Alliance and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity prompted a friend to respond: "What's the big goal?"
"This is the most thoroughly Christian thing they've done yet."
That was my initial reaction to the last two U2 albums in 2000 and 2004. In retrospect, that was just as true of the triad of albums U2 released in the 1990s, but I admit that wasn't what I thought on first listen to them. Their nuanced irony required a few more listens and a good bit of rewarding theological reflection to get there.