Grace Incarnate

A new name. A new season.

Jonas Ellison
Nov 22, 2019 · 4 min read

As some of you know, I’ve gone through this long season of playing with different names for my blog. This year alone, I’ve tried on a few different ones (branding experts are crossing their arms and shaking their heads disapprovingly at me right now, I‌ know…).

I thought I‌ had the right one with the name that I assigned a few months ago: A Sacramental Life. Before I pulled the trigger on the name change, I did some due diligence to make sure it wasn’t taken… I searched Medium for it and saw that it wasn’t… I even Googled it… It showed up a few places in various articles and whatnot, but not as a personal blog name (well, there was one with a slightly different name that only had a few entries and hadn’t posted for years).

There was one place I didn’t look…
Facebook.

A few weeks ago I did a Facebook search for it and sure enough, there it was. A Sacramental Life by Tamara Hill. And Hill is doing such a nice job with it. She’s a spiritual director and her Facebook page and website are amazing.

Ugh… I felt bad. It’s probably not illegal for me to give my blog the same name as hers. But it is ethically sketchy. She was there before me and I don’t think it’s right to muddy her internet search waters with my blog (and vice-versa)— especially since our content is so close in nature.

As inconvenient as it is to change the name of my blog again (not really, but kinda), I was actually okay with it (maybe even happy, actually) because I’ve had another name in the back of my mind that I’ve long thought would be great for the blog but it’s ‘belonged’ to someone else. That ‘someone else’ is one of my most beloved seminary professors, Dr. Kurt Hendel, who assigned the name to his Lutheran systemic theology class.

Well, I just received the blessing from Dr. Hendel to go ahead and name my blog the same name as his class. He told me that he didn’t copyright it and as long as I don’t either, he’s happy to let me use it. And the name is (drumroll please)…

Yep — Grace Incarnate. And just in time for Advent, nonetheless.

I mean, seriously… What a fantastic name, right?… Grace Incarnate (à la: Jesus the Christ; God having slipped into flesh as a divine act of solidarity, love, and mercy).

Here are a few reasons the name means so much to me and why I’m super blessed to embrace it…

  • Again, it’s such a strong way to explain the nature of Christ. I‌ pray that this new name keeps me rooted in sharing the gospel promise of God’s furious love for all of creation that was embodied and expressed through Jesus’s life, crucifixion, death, and resurrection.

So that’s it, friends… Grace Incarnate: A new name. A new season.

Happy Advent.

Grace & Godspeed,
Jonas

Grace Incarnate

A collection of thoughts about life in this grace-starved and Christ-soaked world.

Jonas Ellison

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Midlife ELCA Lutheran seminarian with big Catholic energy MDiv-ing at LSTC Chicago. He/him. Blogs daily(ish) at http://jonasellison.substack.com

Grace Incarnate

A collection of thoughts about life in this grace-starved and Christ-soaked world.

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