The Ghost of Grace: A Christmas Carol, Tillich, Caputo

The Ghost of Grace: A Christmas Carol, Tillich, Caputo

In A Christmas Carol, Scrooge receives three ghostly visitations awakening him to the separation that exists within himself (and and between he and others). Grace has a similar ghostly quality, it haunts and it spooks - provoking us out of our apathy with a call beyond ourselves.

Image: The Muppet Christmas Carol

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The Fear of Death: the cause not the curse

The Fear of Death: the cause not the curse

As new creations, born again, we empty ourselves of the fear of death, not because of a life that is to come, but because of the life that is now (all the life, the depth of life that is available). It is not selling out our fellows (which comes from the fear that leads to greed and the faith that leads to escape) it is buying in to the world, investing in the now, through the selfless love/hospitality/service of the other. Our embrace of the New Being and acceptance of our status of new creations liberates us from the fear of death because it overcomes sin… overcomes separation.

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