Bradley Jersak – Anthropomorphisms & Incarnation

Question I’m reading your chapter in A More Christlike Word on Cassian and Ambrose. I find it really helpful to have the Fathers speaking about the question of “anthropomorphism.” The question that keeps rattling around as I read is that this is great when we apply it to the negative things we attribute to God, but […]

“I look for… the life of the age to come.” Bradley Jersak

“I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the age to come. Amen.”  – the Nicene Creed The Nicene Creed was a gift of the fourth-century church and represents their memory of the gospel of Jesus Christ, delivered through the apostles to all those who would confess their faith at baptism […]

FRIDAYS WITH GODFATHER – When ultimates become absolutes – Bradley Jersak

FRIDAYS WITH GODFATHER When ultimates become absolutes FRIDAYS WITH GODFATHER are journal entries I make as I spend time absorbing the wisdom of my godfather, David Goa. The ideas are his, distilled and poorly interpreted by me. When ultimates become absolutes, they become presumptions and idolatries. But ultimates cannot be fixed and they are not some […]

Loving Liminal Space – A Blessing for Transition – Bradley Jersak

“Loving Liminal Space” Note: this blessing was originally personalized to a young friend in transition. I felt it might be expanded to address all those passing through emotional and spiritual reorientation. If the shoe fits…   Dear friends in transition, I offer my blessing as you celebrate each significant waypoint on your journey. I recognize that […]

Happiness, Joy & Joy Unspeakable – Bradley Jersak

QUESTION Could you please describe or define the concept of joy as you’ve understood, witness, or experienced it? RESPONSE HAPPINESS At first glance, that’s a difficult question. As I thought about it, I began by contrasting it to the word “happiness.” Bear in mind that there are a host of personal, traditional and dictionary definitions […]

Revisiting ‘Satisfaction’ & the Cross – Bradley Jersak

Far beyond crucifixion by execution, the Cross of Christ has, historically, generated a Good News proclamation—the gospel of God’s saving work through Jesus’ death and resurrection. That gospel was announced through a great banquet of biblical metaphors describing the means, meaning, and outcomes of the Paschal Mystery—with the Passover Lamb’s liberation from death and bondage […]

Q&R with Brad Jersak: What does “children of wrath” mean? (Ephesians 2:3)

Question I have a question about Ephesians 2:3 and the meaning of one of the words that Paul uses in it. The Greek word is “phusis/phýsis” and it’s translated as “nature.” Here’s the verse: “…among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the […]

The Great Descent – “A Harrowing Exit” – Bradley Jersak

THE GREAT DESCENT The Law, the Psalms and the Prophets forecast it. The Gospels and the Epistles allude to it. Ancient Christian hymns, liturgies and poetry announce it. It permeates both Eastern and Western theological tradition. It even has its own line in the Apostles’ Creed. But only recently has Christ’s conquest of Hades caught […]