• Beatitudes,  Blogs,  Guest Contributors

    Blessed Are The Peacemakers

    In the Anglican tradition and others that are like it, there is in fact a specific portion in the service dedicated to “passing the peace.” While some may view this as an opportunity to shake someone’s hand with a smile and a greeting, the more ancient tradition reveals a time where Christian brothers and sisters are encouraged to confirm with one another that there is peace within the body and that all can approach the communion table in clear conscience.

  • Beatitudes,  Blogs

    Blessed Are The Pure In Heart

    Jesus draws near to us when others push away, and the very tools we use to keep people back are the instruments that Jesus uses to see and call to our inner self. And like Nathanael all we are able to say is, “How do you know me … Rabbi, surely you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”

  • Beatitudes,  Guest Contributors

    Blessed Are The Meek

    The Kingdom that Jesus comes to bring is one that is a reversal of the structures of the age, antithetical to the economy of Rome. This kingdom is open to all, those who find themselves without power, prestige, protection and position—those who cannot do for themselves, these are who are blessed, and these have a heritage.

  • Beatitudes,  Guest Contributors

    Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit Pt. II

    I want us to remember that the Beatitudes, including poverty of spirit, are not some special sort of Christian ethic or a list of rules that we must keep in order to “go to heaven.”  Instead, they are supernatural attributes that flow from the people of God because they are being transformed by the grace of God. 

  • Beatitudes,  Vic Stanley

    And He Taught Them Saying. . .

    Jesus not only reveals that the Kingdom has come near to those who seem unfit for it, but also that those who are in this Kingdom possess these attributes that the Beatitudes highlight. They have not attained these attributes or worked their way into being the type of people the Beatitudes describe. No, rather they have been mystically transformed into these kinds of people by the grace of the Father.