A warm welcome to great friend and guest contributor Luke Cirillo. You can find more of Luke’s writing at PDX and Things. Today, he invites us to consider the implications of Christ’s Advent as an ongoing process, lived out in the lives of his followers.
There has been quite a bit of conversation in recent times about the term “incarnational” and whether it’s a good idea to use the moniker when talking about the things Christians do now. The debate has basically hinged around whether incarnation as a theological concept can be applied only to the advent of Christ (example of this view here), or whether it can be more broadly used as a description of Christian mission (example of this view here).
You can spend many Blog-Years tracking this conversation across the internet and many real years reading books about it. Rather than rehash all of that, I want to talk about Advent and “incarnation.”
I think, without much qualification, that “incarnational” is an extremely valuable term in talking about Christian mission. One of the many reasons I believe that is because of the season we are celebrating right now: Advent. Read the rest of this entry »