Medieval Mysticism: Superabundance of Divine Grace
by Albrecht Classen
While some are skeptical of the Medieval Mystics’ claims about their visions of the Divine, here is a cogent defense of those ancient people who experienced God’s Superabundance in this most unique way.
Superabundant Capacity of God: a Reformed Perspective
by Al Bunis
Since the term “super” is often misused today, describing God as having superabundance, may not have the impact originally intended. However, connecting superabundance to Reformed depictions of both God and humankind may be a good place to start.
Preaching God’s Superabundance from the Margins
by Eunjoo Mary Kim
It maybe difficult for preachers whose congregations are in the dominant culture—affluent and satiated—to deal with God’s Superabundance since it may require imagination to see what God is doing on the margins as well as recognizing our obligations to the global community.
The Gospel of Abundance Left Behind
by Chris Shelton
“Jesus said: “Let’s take the boat out into deeper waters.” So out they go and then toss their nets into the depths. Suddenly, their nets are full to the point of breaking…. But the story doesn’t end here, for Discipleship begins not when they haul in the abundance–but when they leave it all behind and follow him.
The Superabundance of Impermanence
by Henry W. Morisada Rietz
This article examines a debate within the Biblical wisdom tradition, which derives its truths by observing the natural and social world. While many sayings in Proverbs portray the world as operating by the principles of cause and effect, the Teacher in Ecclesiastes charges the reader to experience the superabundance in our daily lives.
Finding Abundance in the Quiet Places
by Mieke Vandersall
The theme of abundance is one with which many struggle and some even doubt, but is the problem with how we perceive abundance because we want physical resources to shower on us? God’s grace abounds in our lives; however, sharing resources with others is our job.
…and now for something completely different!
by Bill Elkins
Using Monty Python as his muse and Jesus as his guide, the author notes that these parables are completely different from Monty Python’s story of exploding overindulgence. But does it matter that “something completely different” is possible? In this consumptive addictive culture what can keep us from exploding from overindulgent overconsumption?
Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries
Reviewed by Keith A. Russell
Lectionary based, the new biblical commentary series released by Fortress is an interesting and helpful resource for preachers in that it seeks to bring together both topical/theme inquiry and exegetical treatment of biblical texts.
Book Review: Christian Wiman, My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer
Reviewed by Neal D. Presa
My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer by Christian Wiman (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013).
In his battle with a bone disease that renders him in agonizing pain and preparing for a bone marrow transplant, Wiman recounted his wrestling and grappling with the God whom he knows and pondering the future of his wife and child.
From the Editor-In-Chief
By Jin Hee Han
As our new issue on SUPERABUNDANCE comes to light, the fall season is firmly in place. It is the time of harvest with the bountiful gifts of heaven. Superabundance is a generous giver that gives without expecting anything in return. We are charged to be good stewards of the good news of the reign of God, from whom superabundance flows.