The Christian church . . . has always been committed to a triune experience and understanding of God, but most preachers seldom preach on this subject. The discipline of addressing the congregation once a year on the meaning of triune faith and worship is helpful and necessary. . . . [...]
Pentecost Sunday ends the extraordinary season that began on the first Sunday of Advent. In approximately six months the church has been carried through all the saving events of God—his incarnation, manifestation to the world, life, death, resurrection, and ascension as well as the coming of the Holy Spirit. All [...]
If Jesus ascended into heaven, has he left any signs of his presence among us? . . . If we wish to form congregational and personal spirituality, we will call attention to the ascended Lord who eternally intercedes for us and is always with us through the church and the [...]
The contours of God’s divine embrace are captured in a few words: God, creation, fall, incarnation, death and resurrection, re-creation, new heavens and new earth. . . . The spiritual life that we live in God’s creation is situated in this narrative, the story of God’s world. This is the [...]
In memory of our founder and friend, Bob Webber (Nov 27, 1933 — Apr 27, 2007). Though deeply missed, his vision thrives. Whatever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might (Eccl 9:10). In his resurrection [Jesus] conquered the results of sin—which is death—so that death is [...]
Watch for upcoming details regarding the IWS choir. The choir is open to all (including new and returning students). We’ll sing at Wednesday night Opening Convocation and for Commencement. Join Dr. Sharp for another great time of adding our voices to the joy of IWS! Please Dr. Sharp to let [...]
We are all part of the problem. . . . But only one man is the solution, and his name is Jesus. -Robert E. Webber, The Divine Embrace: Recovering the Passionate Spiritual Life (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2006), 111. Sign up to receive Webber Quote by email.
Every Sunday is a “little Easter.” Every Sunday of the year is a celebration of the Easter event. The work of the people in “doing the Christ event” through memory and hope is the source for personal and corporate formation into resurrection spirituality. -Robert E. Webber, Ancient-Future Time: Forming Spirituality [...]
IWS alumnus Dr. Mike Wiebe died yesterday (Easter) after a courageous battle with cancer. He was a member of the Delta class. Mike’s doctoral thesis topic was the healing presence of Christ in Communion. Here is a quote from his thesis abstract: “From the gospel accounts of Jesus and the [...]
The primary metaphor for the Easter season is the church as the resurrected people living a resurrected spirituality. Because of Easter we are in union with Christ and are called to live in our baptismal identity in his resurrection. This essential theme of Easter cannot be communicated in a day. [...]
A year ago during Lent, I memorized the “Exsultet” the mid-1st millennium-chant that opens the Saturday night Easter Vigil service. Ever since, I have found myself constantly ruminating over the Exsultet’s profound words of hope.
Before the day had run its course, The sun began to fail in force. The silent stars began to weep, A tremor shook the hidden deep. Above the darkened earth was raised The Son whose arms like wings were poised, Who then, as on the first of days Breathed forth [...]
Darrell Harris is interviewed about the Christian Music Industry’s past (and his involvement in it) as well as its present and future.
The biblical metaphor for Easter spirituality is found in baptism. The baptized life is a life that is lived in the pattern of death and resurrection. . . . This is a daily, existential, moment-by-moment experience as we choose in this or that situation to die to the sins for [...]
There is perhaps no greater time of year to focus on the Great Story of God’s work in history than Holy Week. In honor of this holy season, I thought I’d pull out of our IWS treasury the classic Un-Worship Song “All About Me.”