The Swiss theologian Karl Barth was one of the most highly respected theological writers of his generation and has gone on to be considered the greatest protestant thinker of the 20th century. He wrote volumes upon volumes of important exegesis and biblical commentary and influenced countless schools of thought with his systematic approach to the Bible. Karl Barth appeared on the cover of Time Magazine twice! Something not many theologians achieve. Barth’s retirement was actually a pretty big deal. He participated in a lot of interviews asking him to weigh in on spiritual matters once more before retreating into his retirement. During this time, he was asked by a reporter to share the most profound and important thing he had learned in all his years of study. Karl’s answer was simple: “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so…”

Sometimes, we Christians can make things really complicated. Doctrine is important. Praxis is important. But neither are the main thing. The love of Jesus and the love of God revealed in Jesus is the main thing. That’s the thing that transforms lives and gives people hope. That’s what the whole Christian thing is all about. The rest is merely academic.

Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear…

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