“Jesus is Lord”

“This reminds me of a comment I heard Bruce McCormack make about a year and a half ago at a meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society, in a paper addressing the question, “Why Should Theology Be Christocentric?” In explaining why it is that we must resist the temptation to abstract from the stark claim that “God is what Jesus does,” he paused to say, “Because the church should not stutter when it says, Jesus is Lord.”

Halden’s Interview wit Nathan Kerr

“We need to be people confident that God will help us speak and live appropriately to the speech we have been given. So I hope what we do in the divinity school is give the confidence that you can use the language of the faith “Jesus is Lord” without apology because if you do that God will show up and scare the hell out of you.”

Stanley Hauerwas in an Interview with David Crabtree

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9 thoughts on ““Jesus is Lord”

  1. Interestingly enough, while Matt means, I think, to show how us and Hauerwas are somehow compatible, I think this juxtaposition of quotes renders the difference all the more starkly. Hauerwas’s quote claims that it is when we use the “language of faith ‘Jesus is Lord'” that God will show up and “scare the hell out of you.” In other words our proper configuration of language elicits God’s action.

    What we are saying is that regardless and irrespective of our “language” God has shown up and scared the hell out of us and therefore we cannot do other than say “Jesus is Lord.”

    • Halden,
      I did actually intend the post to show some congruence and some difference. In the context he was actually speaking of Eucharist, he says in reference to doing it weekly:
      That won’t make us more faithful but at least God promised to kill us if we do it unworthily or at least make us sick. And I figure that that’s better than dying of boredom. If we return to Eucharistic celebration in a serious manner who knows what God would do with that.

      So he using it in reference to Corinthians and how God does actually show up in those instance of the community of faith. I realize this might be exactly what you and Kerr aren’t interested in, so obviously the difference remains. And I don’t know enough about McCormack to imagine what he would say to Hauerwas here.
      But thanks for the comment. I think is the first time you have commented here!

      • Do you have a link to the full interview? I’d be interested in reading it.

        And yeah, sadly I comment on other people’s blogs far too little.

  2. Three more quotes to place alongside these, from Donald MacKinnon:

    “In Christ’s name, a man may have to choose that which seems not of Christ; and in the cause of the knowledge of God, a man may have to turn his back on more than the silly respectabilities of so-called religious philosophy.” — “Philosophy and Christology,” Borderlands of Theology, 72.

    “We need to imbue that which belongs to liturgical tradition with a deeply interrogative quality, compelling questioning of the very substance of the liturgy itself as we have received it. … We must learn all that is involved in refusing to say that the dominion of God over his world is manifested here but not there.” — “Parable and Sacrament,” Explorations in Theology, 179-80.

    “If eucharistic worship is a strangely dangerous reality, it is so because when an effort is made to reckon with its many dimensions we are compelled to see that if it is the place of understanding, it is also the place where misunderstandings of many sorts may assume an obstinate permanence in the life of the spirit.” — “Parable and Sacrament,” 181.

    • Thanks for the extra quotes Dr. Kerr. I haven’t read much MacKinnon but this makes me want to check him out more.
      If you do check back in I’d be interested in the role the ascension plays in your theology and how that plays out in your insistence on the historicity of Jesus.
      PS: My comment threading sucks even more than Halden’s old one did.

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