Ambassador of Reconciliation
9/28/16 at 11:29 PM 0 Comments

Ambassador of Reconciliation: The Fifth Year

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As of this week my blog, “Ambassador of Reconciliation,” is five years old. It has been a record of my spiritual journey as I have tried to capture what I have been learning.

A major theme of my fifth year is that all human beings are created by God in His image. This fundamental fact has monumental implications, which I have explored in several posts: “The Inestimable Worth of Every Person” (116) was prompted by a sermon given by our pastor. It looks at the ramifications of our being created in God’s image with respect to how we view and treat people and how we think God views and treats people. A follow-up to this post is “You created my inmost being” (118), in which I tell about some people whose life stories touched me in some way. “Who Am I and Who Will I Be?” (124) contains reflections on the intrinsic humanity of every person, even those with severe impairments, and on who we will be after death. “Can You See Beyond” (127) is a challenge to view others not as enemies but as lost sheep; not as insignificant beings but as sons and daughters of the King, future fellow believers, and brothers and sisters in Christ. “Tomboy Grandmas Have More Fun” (129) is my story of growing up wanting to be a boy but being grateful that my gender identity as a girl was never called into question. It is an encouragement to every human to be the unique and wonderful individual God created him or her to be.

The series “Conversation about the Atonement,” which started in the fourth year, continued into the fifth year, with Parts 3−8 (115, 117, 119−121, 125). “The Unpardonable Sin” (122) looks at what it means to commit “blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.” Part 5 of the series “Joy Is a Choice” (123) is an update on Ruth Colvin, who was featured in Part 4. At age 99, she continues to exemplify the principles for joy. “Paradise Regained” (126) is the account of a family vacation to Hawaii, which gives a glimpse into the glorious future that God has in store for His family. “They Fought the Good Fight, They Finished the Race” (128) is an account of the 2016 Boston Marathon, with stories of athletes who persevered in running to overcome personal challenges or to honor loved ones or to raise money for special causes. “Whose Side Are You On Anyway? (130) is an encouragement not to behave like immature, self-absorbed children, but rather to follow Jesus’ example of humility and to exercise godly wisdom.

As always, feedback, corrections, and reflections are welcome. For a list of blogs from the first four years, see "Ambassador of Reconciliation: The First Four Years."

115) Conversation about the Atonement: Is It Limited or Unlimited? Part 3
10/08/2015 E
http://blogs.christianpost.com/ambassador-of-reconciliation/conversation-about-the-atonement-is-it-limited-or-unlimited-part-3-26563/
In our ongoing dialog about the atonement, Joe responds to my article “Does God Love Everybody?”

116) “The Inestimable Worth of Every Person”
10/15/2015 D
http://blogs.christianpost.com/ambassador-of-reconciliation/the-inestimable-worth-of-every-person-26604/
Reflections on the fact that every person is created in the image of God and therefore has inestimable worth. What are the implications of this fact with respect to how we view and treat people and how we think God views and treats people?

117) Conversation about the Atonement: Is It Limited or Unlimited? Part 4
10/21/2015 E
http://blogs.christianpost.com/ambassador-of-reconciliation/conversation-about-the-atonement-is-it-limited-or-unlimited-part-4-26644/
In this installment, Joe responds to my article “Jesus Loves Me, This I Know” and I follow with further thoughts.

118) “You created my inmost being”
10/23/2015 D
http://blogs.christianpost.com/ambassador-of-reconciliation/you-created-my-inmost-being-26660/
A follow-up to “The Inestimable Worth of Every Person,” in which I tell about some people whose life stories touched me in some way. All of them—including those who are unknown or unloved by people—are known to God and precious to Him.

119) Conversation about the Atonement: Is It Limited or Unlimited? Part 5
11/01/2015 E
http://blogs.christianpost.com/ambassador-of-reconciliation/conversation-about-the-atonement-is-it-limited-or-unlimited-part-5-26702/
My reflections on William G. T. Shedd’s presentation of limited atonement.

120) Conversation about the Atonement: Is It Limited or Unlimited? Part 6
11/05/2015 E
http://blogs.christianpost.com/ambassador-of-reconciliation/conversation-about-the-atonement-is-it-limited-or-unlimited-part-6-26727/
My thoughts about Wayne Grudem’s chapter on limited atonement from his Systematic Theology.

121) Conversation about the Atonement: Is It Limited or Unlimited? Part 7
11/21/2015 E
http://blogs.christianpost.com/ambassador-of-reconciliation/conversation-about-the-atonement-is-it-limited-or-unlimited-part-7-26804/
Joe’s response to my pieces about Shedd’s and Grudem’s presentations of limited atonement.

122) The Unpardonable Sin
11/29/2015 E
http://blogs.christianpost.com/ambassador-of-reconciliation/the-unpardonable-sin-26832/
Some thoughts about “blasphemy against the Holy Spirit”—sometimes called “the unpardonable sin.” If at least one sin cannot be pardoned in this life or the next, how can I maintain that all will ultimately be pardoned?

123) Joy Is a Choice: Part 5
12/15/2015 D
http://blogs.christianpost.com/ambassador-of-reconciliation/joy-is-a-choice-part-5-26937/
An update on Ruth Colvin, one of the people featured in Part 4 of “Joy Is a Choice.” At age 99, she continues to exemplify the principles for joy.

124) Who Am I and Who Will I Be?
01/16/2016 D
http://blogs.christianpost.com/ambassador-of-reconciliation/who-am-i-and-who-will-i-be-27043/
Reflections on the intrinsic humanity of every person, even those with severe impairments, and on who we will be after death. Much of our identity is derived from our relationships, so we should ponder the nature of those relationships in the afterlife.

125) 01/19/2016 Conversation about the Atonement: Is It Limited or Unlimited? Part 8
01/19/2016 E
http://blogs.christianpost.com/ambassador-of-reconciliation/conversation-about-the-atonement-is-it-limited-or-unlimited-part-8-27095/
Conclusion of our discussion about limited vs. unlimited atonement; summary of each position and ramifications of the two different beliefs.

126) Paradise Regained
02/26/2016 D
http://blogs.christianpost.com/ambassador-of-reconciliation/paradise-regained-27276/
A family vacation to Hawaii as a glimpse into the glorious future that God has in store for His family as He reconciles all to Himself and raises us to new life in Him.

127) Can You See Beyond?
04/11/2016 D
http://blogs.christianpost.com/ambassador-of-reconciliation/can-you-see-beyond-27510/
A challenge to view others not as enemies but as lost sheep, not as insignificant beings but as sons and daughters of the King, future fellow believers, brothers and sisters in Christ, and fellow servants of God.

128) They Fought the Good Fight, They Finished the Race
04/20/2016 D
http://blogs.christianpost.com/ambassador-of-reconciliation/they-fought-the-good-fight-they-finished-the-race-27545/
An account of the 2016 Boston Marathon, with stories of athletes who ran to overcome personal challenges or to honor loved ones or to raise money for special causes, and how they persevered to the end.

129) Tomboy Grandmas Have More Fun
06/01/2016
http://blogs.christianpost.com/ambassador-of-reconciliation/tomboy-grannies-have-more-fun-27700/
My story of growing up wanting to be a boy but being grateful that my gender identity as a girl was never called into question. An encouragement to every human being to be the unique and wonderful individual God created him or her to be.

130) Whose Side Are You On Anyway?
06/29/2016 D
http://blogs.christianpost.com/ambassador-of-reconciliation/whose-side-on-you-on-anyway-27796/
An encouragement not to behave like immature, self-absorbed children in our relationships and interactions, but rather to follow Jesus’ example of humility and to exercise godly wisdom.

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