Reconciling all things to God in Christ: The Cruciform Call to Glory
Of all the metaphors for restored union with God in Christ, reconciliation speaks to the heart of God’s relational commitment to us, and to all of his creation. In it we also hear our call to become who we always will be, human children, conformed to the image of the Son by the Life-Giving Spirit, joined to the life and work of the Triune God in the world. This conformity, however, refers not only to our future, glorified state, but also to the present and costly act of suffering with Christ for the reconciling renewal of our minds, bodies, and communities.
Cherith Fee Nordling (Ph.D, University of St. Andrews) teaches at Northern Seminary. She has been involved for the past 30 years in renewing mainline Presbyterian, Anglican, and Christian Reformed communities of which they’ve been a part, either on staff or as laypersons. In the past few years, Cherith has been a sessional lecturer at Regent College, Vancouver, BC, Kuyper College and Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI, and Fuller Seminary’s Young Life Masters Program in Colorado. She has also taught graduate courses for Westminster Theological Centre in London, England, the Vineyard Leadership Institute in Columbus, OH, the Fire School in Chicago, IL and the Trinity Learning Community in Corona, CA. She taught for five years at Calvin College and Seminary while serving as Co-Director of Christian Formation with her husband, and filled a one-year appointment at Wheaton College in theology.