Rachel Held Evans – An Open Letter to Jesus on this Whole Ascension Business

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Dear Jesus, 

We weren’t ready.  

Surely you could have seen that as you floated into the sky, your disciples standing beneath your feet with craned necks, slacked mouths, a million questions, and no clue what to do next. I bet they totally asked those angels which one of them would be greatest in the Kingdom, and Luke just left that part out because, oh my gosh, not again; how embarrassing. 

And while we’re on it, what’s with the floating thing? After all the eating and drinking and healing and laughing and crying, it just doesn’t seem like your style—floating. I like you better with your feet on the ground. 

I’ll be honest, Jesus, Ascension Day brings up some abandonment issues for me. I know you promised we wouldn’t be alone, that you would send a Helper and Advocate, full of power and truth and ready to guide, but let’s face it: the fire of the Spirit is the wild kind. One moment I sense that it’s blazing like the burning bush, the next it’s like it’s out with a poof. I still haven’t figured it out. I still haven’t been able to pin it down.  Continue reading “Rachel Held Evans – An Open Letter to Jesus on this Whole Ascension Business”

A Book for Today – Douglas Farrow, Ascension and Ecclesia

Today we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord. I would like to mark this day by recommending a very important book on the theological importance of this event in the life of Christ, which precedes with ten days the celebration of Pentecost.

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Douglas Farrow – Ascension and Ecclesia: On the Significance of the Doctrine of the Ascension for Ecclesiology and Christian Cosmology

Here is a short presentation of this book from Amazon website:

Recent theology offers few attempts to come to grips with the meanings and implications of the ascension of Jesus. / Professor Farrow makes his approach through the scriptures, the Eucharistic liturgy, the fathers and the reformers, before tracing his subject into modern times. He not only demonstrates that the doctrine of the ascension has played a much larger role in the history of Christian and western thought than is generally realized, but tackles many of the difficult questions others have been content to ignore. Continue reading “A Book for Today – Douglas Farrow, Ascension and Ecclesia”