Tag Archives: crucifixion

Layered Meanings

Jesus’ Death Layered Meanings Thursday, April 18, 2019 Holy Thursday Two theologians I deeply respect, Marcus Borg (1942-2015) and John Dominic Crossan (b. 1934), offer important historical and symbolic context for the crucifixion. The theory of “penal substitutionary atonement” only became dominant in recent centuries. [1] Over the next two days, consider their advanced perspective… Continue Reading Layered Meanings

Suffering Love

The Cross Suffering Love Friday, April 28, 2017 Many people rightly question how there can be a good or just God in the presence of so much evil and suffering in the world—about which “God” appears to do nothing. Exactly how is God loving and sustaining what God created? That is our constant dilemma, and… Continue Reading Suffering Love

The Cross as Cure

The Cross The Cross as Cure Thursday, April 27, 2017 The second sacred image that the cross echoes is the “Lifted-Up One,” and it comes from the bronze snake in the desert. YHWH tells Moses to raise up a serpent on a pole, and “anyone who has been bitten by a serpent and looks upon… Continue Reading The Cross as Cure

Sacred Images

The Cross Sacred Images Tuesday, April 25, 2017 In Jesus we have a confluence of three sacred healing images from the Hebrew Scriptures: the Passover lamb, which is the presentation of the innocent victim (Exodus 12); the “Lifted-Up One,” which is the homeopathic curing of the victim (Numbers 21:6-9); and, finally, the scapegoat ritual, wherein… Continue Reading Sacred Images

The Universal Pattern: Loss and Renewal

The Cross The Universal Pattern: Loss and Renewal Monday, April 24, 2017 I believe that the Mystery of the Cross is saying that the pattern of transformation is always death transformed. Death and life are two sides of one coin, and you cannot have one without the other. The theological term for this classic pattern… Continue Reading The Universal Pattern: Loss and Renewal

The Mystery of the Cross

The Cross The Mystery of the Cross Sunday, April 23, 2017 It is a wisdom that none of the masters of this age have ever known, or they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory. —1 Corinthians 2:8 Jesus’ life, death, and raising up is the whole pattern revealed, named, summed up, and assured… Continue Reading The Mystery of the Cross

Imaginal Resolution

The Law of Three in Action Imaginal Resolution Tuesday, March 21, 2017 Guest writer and CAC teacher Cynthia Bourgeault continues exploring the Law of Three in action. A new arising is not always the same thing as a solution. “But wait a minute!” you might be saying. Didn’t I list as our leading Law of… Continue Reading Imaginal Resolution

The Cross

Everything Belongs: Week 2 The Cross Friday, December 9, 2016 The cross is a perfect metaphor for what we mean by “Everything Belongs.” The rational, calculating mind can never fully understand the mystery of the cross. These insights can only be discovered through contemplative seeing: God is to be found in all things, even and… Continue Reading The Cross

The Crucified Jesus

Path of Descent The Crucified Jesus Friday, October 21, 2016 They will look upon him whom they have pierced. —John 19:37 Those who “gaze upon” the Crucified long enough—with contemplative eyes—are always deeply healed of pain, unforgiveness, violence, and victimhood. It demands no theological education, just an “inner exchange” by receiving the image within and… Continue Reading The Crucified Jesus

Ending the Cycle of Violence

Nonviolence Ending the Cycle of Violence Friday, October 14, 2016 Picture yourself before the crucified Jesus; recognize that he became what you fear: nakedness, exposure, vulnerability, and failure. He became sin to free you from sin. (See 2 Corinthians 5:21.) He became what we do to one another in order to free us from the… Continue Reading Ending the Cycle of Violence

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