Saturday, March 04, 2006

Begegnung mit Gnade

I recently, while waiting for Anja and Susi in the Staatsgalerie actually, spent over an hour on just a couple of paragraphs of Barth’s Dogmatik im Grundriss. Not because I could not understand it, but simply because my heart was caught up into delightful meditation and worship. I simply couldn’t move on.

Barth writes: “Faith speaks of God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, as Him who meets us, as the object of faith, and says of this God that He is one in Himself, has become single in Himself for us and has become single once more in the eternal decree [the German is pretty clumsy too], explicated in time, of His free, unowed, unconditional love for man, for all men, in the counsel of His grace ...”. The passage goes on to elaborate on the Word of God being the Word of Grace that meets us in Jesus Christ, in the true God and true Man, Immanuel.

So, nothing particularly new. Nothing new at all actually, but the words somehow moved me powerfully. Perhaps you know what I mean. Anyway, as I always like to ground my meditations in a scripture, I chose Titus 2:11, ‘For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all’, and Titus 3:4-5 ‘But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.’ - which seemed to fit nicely.

Anyway, enough of me and my extreme mystical holiness! I wish you all a good weekend.


At 3/04/2006 9:30 PM, Anonymous Exiled Preacher said...

Can we ever get enough of Bible-based mystical holiness?

At 3/04/2006 11:49 PM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

That's better. Now we've got a picy of you for your comments!

At 3/05/2006 2:13 PM, Anonymous Exiled Preacher said...

Are you sure that's better?

At 3/05/2006 4:22 PM, Anonymous C. Stirling Bartholomew said...


Perhaps Karl Barth is an acquired taste, like gin. Even Bombay Rose tastes strange the first time you drink it. I gave up Bombay Rose and Tanqueray for health reasons and never read enough of Barth to get addicted to him, but based on the number of brilliant people I know who think Barth is wonderful and like you fall into ecstasy [not the drug] while reading him I sometimes wonder what I have missed.

Well back to reading greek which is also an acquired taste.

Thanks for your post,


At 3/05/2006 10:29 PM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

What is your interest in Greek, by the way? - if you don't mind me asking!

At 3/05/2006 10:29 PM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

Enjoy your Greek, Clay.

My Koine Greek needs some rather desperate attention, actually, and I'll be attending to this fact in the coming months myself.

At 3/06/2006 12:02 AM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

Hi Clay,
Yes, I saw the new photos. Anja and I looked through them earlier on today and enjoyed them. A nice mix. I do hope you post more.

As for Barth, you know I’m really not the man to say. Ben is. I have enjoyed Dogmatics in Outline very much, however, and it is a good place to start, so I've been told.


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