Good Friday As Good News, Part VI

As I have been mentioning in the previous posts in this series, the meanings of the cross in the New Testament writings are many. They form a prism with all of the facets focusing on what God is doing through Jesus for the world. I believe that there are many meanings of the cross beyond

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Good Friday as Good News, Part V

In the first four posts in this series, I discussed various understandings of the cross and its meanings—as 1) an ugly symbol of power and oppression, 2) a moment of Jesus’ extreme faithfulness and the unleashing God’s love for him, 3) an act of “chesed” (stubborn, committed love) for the world, and 4) as God’s victory over the abyss

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Good Friday As Good News, Part IV

To give you a refresher on the first few blogs in the series, before starting on part four, here’s what I emphasized: 1 – The cross was a very ugly symbol of power, oppression, and torture much like a lynching noose, an electric chair, a water board, or a gas chamber. We do not do justice

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Good Friday as Good News, part III

In the first two blog posts in this series, the emphasis has been on these two points: 1 – The cross was a very ugly symbol of power, oppression, and torture much like a lynching noose, an electric chair, a water board, or a gas chamber. We do not do justice to Jesus, to God, nor

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Good Friday as Good News, part II

The New Testament writers look at Jesus, his relationship with God, and his relationship with us from various points of view, but they all agree on one claim that is staggering. In some amazing way, the ugliness of a Roman cross was caught up in: God’s love for the world God’s love for Jesus Jesus’

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