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Standing Tall

TF Torrance once said that “at the cross and resurrection, Jesus Christ stood man on his feet.” Humanity had been shoved down, beaten up, and left for dead and Jesus took the shame and stood us up, so we could look Him in the eye once again. Christ restored the image that was marred and gave us access to the Father once again.
This is real to me. Christ has stood me up and I am grateful. I can see again and I am taller. Its amazing what you can see standing up when your used to seeing from the dirt. Life had shoved me down and left me for dead, but Christ came and helped me up; He gave me dignity again. In this Easter season, I am again reminded that Christ has stood me on my feet and restored His very image in my life.
Glory be to Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, now and ever shall be, world without end, amen, amen!

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Mission and Meal pt2: Remembrance

“Remembrance is an act of love. God remembers us and His remembrance, His love of the foundation of the world. In Christ, we remember. We become again beings open to love, and we remember. the church in its separation from ‘this world,’ on its journey to heaven, remembers the world, remembers all men, remembers the whole creation, takes it in love to God. The Eucharist is the sacrament of cosmic remembrance: it is indeed a restoration of love as the very life of the world.” Alexander Schmemann
Remembrance leads to worship and worship leads to communion and communion leads to incarnation. Any thoughts?

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Mission and Meal pt1

“Orthodox ecclesiology is indeed eucharistic ecclesiology. For in the Eucharist the church accomplishes the passage from the world into the world to come, into the eschaton; participants in the ascension of its Lord, and in His messianic banquet, tastes of the ‘joy and peace’ of the Kingdom. ‘And thou didst not cease to do all things until thou hadst brought us back to heaven, and hadst endowed us with thy Kingdom…’ Thus the whole life of the church is rooted in the Eucharist, is the fruition of this Eucharistic fullness in the time of this world whose ‘image passeth by…’ This is indeed the mission of the church.” Alexander Schmemann from “Life World Mission”

I have been thinking a lot about this above quote and my question is whether there is a difference between Ecclesiology (the life and doctrine of the church) and mission (the churches outreach to the world) in the modern church and should there be?

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