Donald Corwell

All over the south you can find memorials along the highways (probably all over the country). Usually these crosses are too small to read when you are driving at 70mph, but I’ve often wanted to stop and take a look. More often than not, these have some connection with the road they mark. Someone died in this place and these memorials take the very mundane stretch of pavement and pine and punctuates them with a reminder about life, death, and resurrection.

This memorial is just after the weigh station at mile 94 on I-26 West headed out of Columbia, SC.


The Sacred South

The Sacred South is my photo log of spaces in the American South that have been set aside for experiencing, communing, or acknowledging the transcendent in some way. I’m not really getting too specific here–all religions (or non-religions) are fair game.

The goal is simply to document the human need for an enchanted world and the longing for something transcendent in what Flannery O’Conner called the “Christ-haunted” south.

All posts will be under The Sacred South category here for now.

Hooker on Demonic Pride

Hooker makes the good argument that the fall of angels had to be pride because they would not have turned from God to something less than themselves. They must have curved in on themselves.

Of any thing more than of God they could not by any means like, as long as whatsoever they knew besides God they apprehended it not in itself without dependency upon God; because so long God must needs seem infinitely better than any thing which they so could apprehend. Things beneath them could not in such sort be presented unto their eyes, but that therein they must needs see always how those things did depend on God. It seemeth therefore that there was no other way for angels to sin, but by reflex of their understanding upon themselves; when being held with admiration of their own sublimity and honour, the memory of their subordination unto God and their dependency on him was drowned in this conceit; whereupon their adoration, love, and imitation of God could not choose but be also interrupted. The fall of angels therefore was pride

Richard Hooker, Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity, I.iv.3

Glory and Shame in the Incarnation

1200px-fra_angelico_-_conversion_de_saint_augustinI’m working through the Gospel of John with a friend who pointed me to Frederick Bruner’s commentary on John. This is how a commentary should be written! Bruner not only tries to capture the history of the church’s interpretation with each passage by quoting extensively from commentators of various times and traditions, he also takes modern critical issues seriously.

One quotation that he offers on the prologue of John is from Augustine. He quotes: Continue reading Glory and Shame in the Incarnation

Athanasius on the Hidden God

Steven Paulson writes beautifully on Luther’s understanding of the God who hides himself in the world:

Why would God do this? Why does anyone hide? One hides initially, of course, so as not to be found. Yet, even in the game of hide-and-seek a child initially hides so as not to be found in one place, only later to reveal herself in the safe goal, with a cry, ‘Here I am!’ The game would have no point if remaining forever unfound were its goal. God’s game of hide-and-seek is not far different, though the ‘game” is a matter of life and death. God hides so as not to be found where people seek him, and reveals himself where he is not sought. In the safe goal, so to speak, God can declare a new sort of victory over hapless seekers for meaning, certitude, affirmation, fame, success, and whatever else humans have determined to be of worth to themselves while breaking the the first commandment.

img_5224God hides himself from sight in the places of this world that we might expect to find God so that we don’t slip into the mistake of making idols out of good things and thereby miss God altogether. What he rather does is reveal himself in impossible, weak, and unacceptable things so that his own glory might show forth. He willingly puts the treasure of his glory in jars of clay (2 Cor. 4:7). He comes as a baby in a feeding trough. He reveals himself as king by being crucified as a criminal on a Roman cross. Continue reading Athanasius on the Hidden God

3 Kinds of Anglican

canterbury_cathedral_rood_screen_kent_uk_-_diliff-1I’m sure there is a sort of universal truth here about any group, but in my context I’ve seen three different ways that people become Anglican and it seems to affect the way they go about being part of the church. The three ways one can become Anglican are accident, birth, or conviction.
Continue reading 3 Kinds of Anglican