Years ago, while in seminary, one of my professors, Dr. Monica Coleman, challenged us to discover our “kernel of truth,” or the core essence of our faith. Our theological kernel of truth is what remains after we have peeled back all the layers of life experience, social location, and theological training.
These core values may take a different shape in different contexts. My kernel of truth is that we serve a God who is intimately and infinitely concerned with each and every one of us. When things are uncertain, our theological kernel of truth can help anchor us in our faith.
My kernel of truth rests on Romans 8:38-39. Paul proclaims, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” During this time of financial uncertainty and conflicting information and all the other challenges in our world, we know God’s love is constant.
This message is excerpted from “Hope is all the more precious” by Angela T. Khabeb in the June 2020 Cafe online magazine.
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