Support the Café

Search our Site

Savior of the Nations, Come!

Savior of the Nations, Come!

“Baptism is the sacrament of the extraordinary unity among humanity, wrought by God in overcoming the power and reign of death; in overcoming all that alienates, segregates, divides, and destroys [people] in their relationships to each other, within their own persons, and in their relationship with the rest of creation.”

William Stringfellow, Instead of Death (New York: The Seabury Press, 1963), pp. 111-112.

As we turn the corner into Advent, we might begin with some revolutionary implications of the coming of Christ. For “the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”

To paraphrase Karl Rahner, Christian baptism is an efficacious sign of a world already dripping wet with grace. Indeed, Christ has already come among us in mercy and justice. And yet, he is still the One who is to come. So long as we abuse God’s gift of community and place it in the service of death, Christ’s Advent is not yet complete in us, fully realized as it is in itself. In this holy season of preparation, we remember the absolute gratuity of Christ, in whom we are already reconciled, even as we await the consummation of his reign.

The Rev. Bill Carroll serves as Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Athens, Ohio. His parish blog is at here


Café Comments?

Our comment policy requires that you use your real first and last names and provide an email address (your email will not be published). Comments that use non-PG rated language, include personal attacks, that are not provable as fact or that we deem in any way to be counter to our mission of fostering respectful dialogue will not be posted.

Support the Café
Past Posts

The Episcopal Café seeks to be an independent voice, reporting and reflecting on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican tradition.  The Café is not a platform of advocacy, but it does aim to tell the story of the church from the perspective of Progressive Christianity.  Our collective sympathy, as the Café, lies with the project of widening the circle of inclusion within the church and empowering all the baptized for the role to which they have been called as followers of Christ.

The opinions expressed at the Café are those of individual contributors, and, unless otherwise noted, should not be interpreted as official statements of a parish, diocese or other organization. The art and articles that appear here remain the property of their creators.

All Content  © 2017 Episcopal Café