suffering is a facet of God’s glory, and if we are contemplating God’s glory so that we may be transformed into His likeness, we need to contemplate the whole thing—His suffering, too. If we consistently and insistently gloss over the suffering of God and skip right to the triumph, our understanding of God will eventually cease to be Christian, our “god” will become a triumphalist psychopath, and we will start to reflect that image instead.
'Tis the season to use the word Glory (or Gloria) a lot. If you're anything like me, the usage mostly happens unthinkingly--except for this year. This year I'm writing a new study for the OSFGroups. The study is called Glory, so I guess I'm noticing the word, and how we use it, much more than usual. The seeds…Read more Gloria in Excelsis Deo