Category Archives: Theology

A seasonally appropriate metaphor for Jesus

Bread of Life. Living Water. Light of the World. Good Shepherd. The Vine. The Lamb. These are several well-known biblical metaphors for Jesus. Here’s one you may be less familiar with: Jesus Christ the apple tree. It comes from Song … Continue reading

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It Is Finished by Anthony Falbo

Anthony Falbo’s sense of humor is one of the qualities that endears me to his art. He frequently paints religious subjects but not with the stilted piety of much of today’s (what passes as) Christian art—instead, he approaches his subjects … Continue reading

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Jesus as the New David

This illumination is from an eighth-century copy of Cassiodorus’s sixth-century Commentary on the Psalms. (The manuscript is sometimes referred to as the Durham Cassiodorus because of the cathedral library that houses it.) Created in the Anglian kingdom of Northumbria, it … Continue reading

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Jesus did tonglen

I worked for four years at a Buddhist publishing house, and “tonglen” was a topic I came across many times. It’s a Buddhist contemplative practice in which the practitioner breathes in the pain and suffering of others and breathes out … Continue reading

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Two unlikely characters sharing the same space

I have tremendous admiration for Ben Quash for the contributions he’s made to the field of Christianity and the arts. As a professor at King’s College in London, his primary research interest is the way in which the arts can … Continue reading

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Jesus’s stereoscopic vision: aligning what is with what will be

In his book Jesus and the Nonviolent Revolution, André Trocmé gives an illustration that relates the binocular vision principle to man’s view of reality in an ultimate sense. Humans’ two eyes enable them to perceive objects more truly, in three … Continue reading

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Art exhibitions: The Seven Deadly Sins

The Fairfield/Westchester Museum Alliance (FWMA), a group of art institutions in Connecticut and New York, is running an exhibition series this summer and fall on the Seven Deadly Sins. Each of the member institutions is presenting one of the sins. … Continue reading

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The Spirit’s role

We trust in God the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life. The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith, sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor, and binds us together with all … Continue reading

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In Song and Picture: Lightness of Being

Listen: “I Lay My Sins on Jesus.” Words by Horatius Bonar, 1843. Music by Justin Ruddy, 2010. Performed by Castle Island Hymns (featuring Kevin Burtram), 2010.   Look: ____________ The hymn “I Lay My Sins on Jesus” by Horatius Bonar … Continue reading

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Confessing our role in oppression

“For self-righteousness that will not compromise, and for selfishness that gains by the manipulation of others, forgive us, O God. For the lust of money or power that drives to kill, forgive us, O God. For trusting in the weapons … Continue reading

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