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Tag Archives: cross

An Alternative Story

Jesus and the Cross An Alternative Story Monday, February 4, 2019 The theory of substitutionary atonement has inoculated us against the true effects of the Gospel, causing us to largely “thank” Jesus instead of honestly imitating him. At its worst, it has led us to see God as a cold, brutal figure who demands acts… Continue Reading An Alternative Story

Substitutionary Atonement

Jesus and the Cross Substitutionary Atonement Sunday, February 3, 2019 For most of church history, no single consensus prevailed on what Christians mean when we say, “Jesus died for our sins.” But in recent centuries, one theory did become mainstream. It is often referred to as the “penal substitutionary atonement theory,” especially once it was… Continue Reading Substitutionary Atonement

Take Up Your Cross

Following Jesus Take Up Your Cross Friday, January 25, 2019 Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” —Matthew 16:24 What does it mean to follow Jesus? I believe that we are invited to gaze upon the image of the crucified… Continue Reading Take Up Your Cross

Freedom from Fear

Suffering: Week 2 Freedom from Fear Thursday, October 25, 2018 Man suffers most through his fears of suffering. —Etty Hillesum [1] Over the next couple days, James Finley shares insights on suffering drawn from Jesus’ example and teaching. I would like to reflect on the role of Jesus as the one whose very presence is… Continue Reading Freedom from Fear

Redemptive Suffering

Suffering: Week 2 Redemptive Suffering Monday, October 22, 2018 The “cross,” rightly understood, always reveals various kinds of resurrection. It’s as if God were holding up the crucifixion as a cosmic object lesson, saying: “I know this is what you’re experiencing. Don’t run from it. Learn from it, as I did. Hang there for a… Continue Reading Redemptive Suffering

Gazing upon the Mystery

Suffering: Week 2 Gazing upon the Mystery Sunday, October 21, 2018 The genius of Jesus’ ministry is that he reveals how God uses tragedy, suffering, pain, betrayal, and death itself (all of which are normally inevitable), not to punish us but, in fact, to bring us to God and to our True Self, which are… Continue Reading Gazing upon the Mystery

Suffering Love

Suffering: Week 1 Suffering Love Thursday, October 18, 2018 I know that this too is part of life, and somewhere there is something inside me that will never desert me again. —Etty Hillesum [1] In his book When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Rabbi Harold Kushner dispels a common myth about suffering and helps… Continue Reading Suffering Love

Transforming Pain

Suffering: Week 1 Transforming Pain Wednesday, October 17, 2018 All healthy religion shows you what to do with your pain, with the absurd, the tragic, the nonsensical, the unjust and the undeserved—all of which eventually come into every lifetime. If only we could see these “wounds” as the way through, as Jesus did, then they… Continue Reading Transforming Pain

Redefining Success

The Path of Descent Redefining Success Monday, July 31, 2017 Much of the teaching and culture that has emerged in recent Christianity has much more to do with Greek philosophy and Roman mythologies than the Gospel. This is not all bad, but we must acknowledge these influences. The ego is naturally attracted to heroic language,… Continue Reading Redefining Success

The Way of the Cross

The Path of Descent The Way of the Cross Sunday, July 30, 2017 Jesus is a person and, at the same time, a process. Jesus is the Son of God, but he is also “the Way”—the way of the cross. He’s the goal and the means. For all authentic spiritual teachers, their message is the… Continue Reading The Way of the Cross

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