And so, over the next few weeks, I hope you will join me as I walk through my own process of thinking about my identity as a member of the body of Christ. To get us started, however, I wanted to revisit something that I wrote during Advent of And yet, there is no more important time to stop and ponder our identity as disciples.
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This is the time in the story when disciples were made — it was one thing to follow a living, teaching, visible Jesus; now those who physically walked beside Him would be called to a very different identity, an identity as believers, as teachers themselves, as the faithful who carried on a work without his physical presence. It was a good opening; it made me start, it made me pay attention. It was not the words I expected in that place at that time.
And it was a great question with which to frame the discussion of the early Christian persecutions that followed. I did not at that time realize the ways in which that question would echo forward through my life.
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I certainly did not then nor do I now have as clear an answer as our Gospel reports that John the Baptist offered when asked the same question:. Are you Elijah?
Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?
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View on Wiley Online Library. This is a dummy description. Engages with developments in contemporary theological thought, assessing the work of leading figures Rowan Williams, John Milbank, and Kathryn Tanner Challenges accepted ideas of Christian identity by revealing largely unexplored perspectives on how sin affects its formation Contributes to vexed debates about Christian identity at a time when Christianity is expanding in some regions, yet in decline in many parts of the Western world.