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The Divine is in the Details: Reflections on Peace, Power, and Process

Posted on: November 12, 2012

Amen so let it be!!

Dei-liberations

As Paul says, “the kingdom of God is not about talk, but power.” Indeed. I am of the opinion that there is no place where the gospel becomes more practical than in matters related to power. 

I want to quickly follow that declaration with the assertion that for Paul, “the word of the cross” is the power of God. Paul knows that for many this looks like foolishness or weakness. And I think that even for many Christians, both then and now, power is defined in ways that don’t conform to the word of the cross. It doesn’t occur to us that self-giving love manifest in humility or kindness or gentleness or self-control is power, godly power. 

Instead, we think of God’s power as power over, as control. We equate sovereignty or rule with control. But this is not the way that God saves his creation. Instead, God transforms things…

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