Donne and Herbert show us what happens when we find ourselves “translated” by the Bible’s figures: our lives are transformed as they are translated into God’s mother tongue, mercy.
How do we know what love is?
The death of Christ at once shows the essential unity of the Father and the Son, and consummates the mutual society of God and man. The self-giving of God manifests itself in history, within the context of fallen creation, as the humiliation of the Son.
The key to understanding the Cross is to shut up, and look, in a mode of humble, agenda-free reception.
God’s love is something counter-cultural, offensive, and ego-insulting. It is not free, but costly.
The other day my son said to my wife, “Talk about Jesus.”
The modern hymn “In Christ Alone” has provoked controversy with its phrase "the wrath of God was satisfied." But there is a better way to understand “the wrath of God,” a way that displays its truth, goodness, and even its beauty.