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The blog of W. David Phillips

In 2009-2010 I began to hear of a discussion about the eternal subordination of Jesus in the Trinitarian scheme. It's main proponents are Wayne Grudem from Phoenix Seminary and Bruce Ware from Southern Seminary. The eternal subordination of Jesus basically proposes an eternal hierarchy of authority among the three persons of the Trinity. The Father is the supreme authority with the Son and Spirit eternally submitted to his authority. Millard Erickson provides insight in a recent book.

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The unique gift of "the God who saves" is Jesus, who is "more than the accumulated best of his ancestors," Charles Cousar writes in Texts for Preaching Year A. Throughout the Gospel of Matthew, we watch and listen as Jesus reveals the hand of God at work in the world, undoing the damage that has been done by human sin, so this extraordinary birth "is the beginning of the fulfillment of God's saving purposes. Cousar says; "The fresh, new act of God ushers in an age, long expected and hoped for, yet in a fashion so unusual that it could hardly be anticipated." Once again, those promises of things we can scarcely imagine: peace, healing, reconciliation, salvation.

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Elaine Heath argues that the church is in a dark night of the soul. It has thus lost its prophetic voice--its effectiveness in proclaiming the good news of redemption. Rather than resisting or decrying this state of affairs, the church, says Heath, ought to embrace its situation as a starting point to renew its vitality and consequently, its witness. A solution is proposed in the wisdom and contemplative spirituality of the great saints and mystics--people such as Julian of Norwich, Ignatius of Loyola, Phoebe Palmer, Henri Nouwen, and others.

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I'm working on a book idea on Christian communication. Last week I put together some of the framework and last night on a whim, I wrote the introduction and began working on the metaphor. I need to be careful because I've got one book I'm trying to finish and have only about 3 chapters to go, but this came to me yesterday so I decided to put it on paper. It's just an introduction to some of the ideas I'm going to talk about. I'll share parts of this as they get developed as a series called Oranges to Apples: Communication for the 21st Century Preacher.

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