theological reflections at the intersection of (my) perception with reality
Monday, November 17, 2008
"Filling Up What is Lacking in the Sufferings of Christ"
I'm looking forward to preaching for Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's (Kansas City, MO) chapel tomorrow (Tuesday, 18th) morning, from Colossians 1:24-28. I've titled the sermon "The Missional Pastor and the Mystery of Christ." I often find that when I set out to choose what to teach or preach, I gravitate toward an idea or text that is unique, perplexing, or confusing, so that I can use the experience to try to learn something new. That's definitely the case here. What can Paul possibly mean when he says, "and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions." First of all, how could there be any "lack" in the afflictions of Christ? Second of all, how could Paul presume to be "completing," or "filling up" that lack?
In any case, if this little teaser makes you curious enough, and you live in the K.C. area, come on over to MBTS chapel (at 10:00 am).
I'm a theology professor at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN. I teach about Kierkegaard and postmodernity, theology and contemporary culture, the doctrine of salvation, theological perspectives on evil and suffering, and contemporary issues in the person and work of Christ. I enjoying cracking the mysteries of "Lost" with my beautiful wife, Sara.