The Glory Has Departed
Bethany Lutheran Worship on
Friday, September 23, 2016
Our newest member asked how much time I spend blogging. Once I wake up, make coffee, and read some news, I always write a new post on gardening.
This has to amuse B__ endlessly, because he urged me to interlace my polemics with gardening, which suited me. If I have a new topic from religious news, I like to balance it with gardening experience and knowledge. Now I have regular readership for gardening and a new gardening book soon to be finished.
My proof-reading editor just finished with Jesus Lord of Creation, a book I wrote some time ago with Norma Boeckler's artwork. Every aspect of gardening is best explained by Creation. The Word reveals this mystery, but gardening research confirms the mystery.
A mystery in the New Testament is an article of faith revealed by the Holy Spirit in the Word. The unified truth of the Scriptures gives us many additional ways in which to see that same mystery revealed, explained, and supported. Thus Creation by the Word is expressed in another way when St. Paul calls believers New Creatures, or New Creations. Just as the Lord of Creation fashioned the universe by the Word, so the Gospel Word creates new believers.