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Monday, May 31, 2010

To Err Is Human, To Be Is Divine

I went to church this weekend. A friend got her M. Div. The service/graduation included an address from one of her fellow fresh preachers. Toward the end of his speech, he removed his academic stole and robe ("these ridiculous sleeves") and stood before the crowd in his regular street clothes. Thus stripped of regalia, he closed with this thought-provoking line:

As Jesus showed us, being human might just be the most divine thing we can do.

—Andrew Behrendt, Luther Seminary commencement address, 2010.05.30


  1. “The glory of God is a human being fully alive.” Irenaeus, 2nd century.

    Glad you were able to be there - and that the message was meaningful and memorable!

    Timothy Fountain
    Sioux Falls

  2. That's great Cory. Namaste, brother.

  3. "As Jesus showed us, being human might just be the most divine thing we can do."

    What qualifies as "being human"? Aren't tyrants and pedophiles human?

    My understanding is that it's not simply being human, but to humble oneself beneath everyone else... to serve, live a life of poverty, carry another person's load, give them your cloak as well, wash their feet, die to oneself, and take up your cross.

    Zeus could become human. But only Christ became a human that epitomized Love.

    Kind regards,

    "Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross."


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