Saturday, December 22, 2001

I've enjoyed John Fischer's writing in the past, and found this essay to be pretty decent. He laments the fact that evangelicals have constructed a disembodied, mystical, almost gnostic Christ. What better time to consider the glory of the incarnation...

We avoid a scandalous Christ by constructing in our minds a Christ who comes short of being fully human. We are so convinced that our humanity is our problem that we have Christ saving us from ourselves instead of saving us to ourselves—saving us so that we can become who we truly are and are meant to be as human beings created in God's image.

Fischer also quotes throughout a contemporary hymn writer named Brian Wren. I'm not familiar with him at all, but would be interested in hearing lyrics like these set to music:

Good is the flesh that the Word has become
  good is the birthing, the milk in the breast,
  good is the feeding, caressing and rest,
  good is the body for knowing the world,
Good is the flesh that the Word has become.

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