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Monday, April 24, 2006

The Pointing Hand of John the Baptist




Over the writing desk of Karl Barth hung "The Crucifixion" by Grunewald. Barth always saw the task of the theologian to be that of John the Baptist: to point toward Jesus in the distance, and say "He must increase, but I must decrease." The pointing hand served as a reminder throughout his life of theological writing, preaching and teaching that he should not glorify himself, but Christ crucified.

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