Israel's God's bodied love continues world-making

December 2, 2011

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Israel's God's bodied love continues world-making.

The modifier "Israel" assures that "God" is the
creator of heaven and earth, who emancipated Israel and gave the commands of
Sinai. This God is fully and uniquely "bodied" in Jesus and his restorative
life. "Continues" concerns the ongoing force and rule of God's Spirit that is
the presence of Jesus. This covenantal love binds the world to God's goodness,
which creates and recreates worlds (cosmic, public, social, personal) toward
flourishing. This love invites creaturely engagement with such flourishing. I
used only six words; I rested on the seventh.

Comments

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is clear and accessible. Congratulations to Mr. Brueggemann for discovering a way to make it veiled and pretentious.

Century blogs

I love the Brueggemann comment about his entry. Lighten up, earlier commenter!