Karl Barth on the hymns of his childhood

The children songs of Abel Burckhart gave Karl Barth his first theological education. Later Barth wrote: What made an indelible impression on me was the homely self-assurance with which these unpretentious verses spoke of the vents of Christmas, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, as though they could have taken place that very morning … Continue reading Karl Barth on the hymns of his childhood

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What is Theology for? by Jürgen Moltmann

(Translated from CGST magazine - click here for the link) And here's a very faint copy of the original German. For Hong Liang, this is all I could write tonight, heartfelt greetings. What is Theology for? by Jürgen Moltmann 1. Theology exists for faith. Christian faith is not a blind faith, but a knowing faith. This … Continue reading What is Theology for? by Jürgen Moltmann

Rev Michael Curry’s Sermon at the Royal Wedding

Rev Michael Curry's recent sermon at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding last Saturday has caused controversy in my home country of Australia. Comments have ranged from "Amazing!" through "American Showbiz" all the way to "Inappropriately Grandstanding Meghan's Special Day". Now I have no loyalty to or against the presiding bishop and primate of the … Continue reading Rev Michael Curry’s Sermon at the Royal Wedding

Andrei Rublev’s Icon of the Trinity

While reading Stephen D. Morrison's new book, "Jürgen Moltmann in Plain English", I came across this great quote. Here too, as in other theological work, there has been a picture in front of me. It is Andrei Rublev's wonderful fifteenth-century Russian icon of the Holy Trinity. Through their tenderly intimate inclination towards oneanother, the three … Continue reading Andrei Rublev’s Icon of the Trinity