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August 2012

No, Sir: New England is Already Experiencing Revival—You Just Need Eyes to See It.

Boston Night of WorshipMy wife and I have owned six silver vehicles in our adult lives. Six! When most recently we were shopping for a new minivan to transport our three children along with ourselves, there was one color that was off the table. There was no way we were buying another silver vehicle! I never realized how many other maroon Kia minivans there were in the world until I began driving my own around town. Now I see them everywhere.

We tend to see what our eyes are tuned to see. And we tend to ignore what we have been trained not to see.

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The Smell of Glory: Christus Victor in II Cor. 2


"I love the smell of napalm in the morning. You know, one time we had a hill bombed, for 12 hours. When it was all over, I walked up. We didn't find one of 'em, not one stinkin' dink body. The smell, you know that gasoline smell, the whole hill. Smelled like... victory. Someday this war's gonna end…"

There is no better way to trigger a vivid picture in a person's imagination than with the use of smell, because our sense of smell is powerfully and directly linked to our memories.1 Smell has the ability to transport us back to an experience, including exactly how we felt. Decades later, the moment we smell grandma's cookies baking, we are instantly transported back into her kitchen, a child again, feeling safe and loved—just like it was yesterday. 

The apostle Paul knows this power to conjure emotion through smell. That is why he masterfully exploits this fact to illustrate the impact of the early Jesus movement in a letter to a group of Jesus's followers who lived in a first-century Greco-Roman city.

"Thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task?"

- II Cor. 2.14-16

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Shalom, New Creation, and Women's Ordination

In a future post, perhaps I will write about the journey that has preceeded my current view of women's ordination. (Spoiler: There was a time when I identified with "complementarianism.") In this post, however, I'd like to share from my current approach to the subject of women's ordination due to its relationship to God's reign of shalom and God's New Creation.

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Theological Graffiti is a blog written by T. C. Moore @tc_moore ...a Jesus-disciple, husband, father, Associate Pastor @NewCityChurch of Los Angeles, sometimes web designer, writer, and theology geek. For more about me, visit my Personal Website or my Online Profile. Otherwise, enjoy the graffiti.

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