“A Particular Kinship…”

Jesus could have called down the psalms of rage upon his enemies and shouted a final word of defiance before he breathed his last. Instead he called for forgiveness: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing,” he says in Luke 23.It was not a false reconciliation: Jesus experienced the reality of state-sponsored terror. That is why the black Christian has always

“A Particular Kinship…”2020-06-24T12:57:08+00:00

I Told You So…

“Our Father is not accusatory by nature. If He were, He wouldn’t have sent His only Son to die on a cross to redeem us, to buy us back. He would have simply pointed a finger and said, ‘I told you so.’ ”~ Craig Jutila

I Told You So…2019-09-12T15:09:36+00:00

Think About It…

"You never hear Jesus say in Pilate's judgment hall one word that would let you imagine that He was sorry that He had undertaken so costly a sacrifice for us. When His hands are pierced, when He is parched with fever, His tongue dried up like a shard of pottery, when His whole body is dissolved into the dust of death... ...you never hear a

Think About It…2018-07-10T14:23:11+00:00

Think About It…

“Someone once said that ‘a community is where the person you like least always is.’ When you think about it, the early church was comprised of individuals, Jews and Gentiles, that despised each other. Yet they found themselves in the same fellowship purely because of the cross. But in the American church, we want to build our communities around everything except the cross. We’re more

Think About It…2018-03-21T14:31:18+00:00

Think About It…

"Life is wasted if we do not grasp the glory of the cross, cherish it for the treasure that it is, and cleave to it as the highest price of every pleasure, and the deepest comfort in every pain. What was once foolishness to us—a crucified God—must become our wisdom and our power, and our only boast in this world." ~ John Piper

Think About It…2017-08-17T12:38:13+00:00

Think About It…

"We must never preach violence, except the violence of love, which left Christ nailed to a cross...the violence that we must each do to ourselves to overcome our selfishness and such cruel inequalities among us. The violence we preach is not the violence of the sword, or the violence of hatred. It is the violence of love, of brotherhood...the violence that wills to beat weapons

Think About It…2017-08-16T15:42:03+00:00

Think About It…

"Let us be today’s Christians. Let us not take fright at the boldness of today’s church. With Christ’s light, let us illuminate even the most hideous caverns of the human person: torture, jail, plunder, want, chronic illness. The oppressed must be saved, not with a revolutionary salvation, in mere human fashion, but with the holy revolution of the Son of Man, who dies on the

Think About It…2017-07-04T20:59:42+00:00

Think About It…

Love was compressed for all history in that lonely figure on the cross, who said that he could call down angels at any moment on a rescue mission...but chose not to – because of us. At Calvary, God accepted his own unbreakable terms of justice. ~ Philip Yancey  

Think About It…2017-04-17T13:02:46+00:00

Don’t Leave The Cross Behind

  Just a heads up...this one might sting a little. I was watching a crucifixion documentary the day before Easter, and I was a bit troubled by the conclusion that the commentators drew concerning Jesus' death. According to their viewpoint, Jesus was killed because He became a political threat to the Romans, who just viewed Him as another "crazy Jew" with the potential to stir

Don’t Leave The Cross Behind2019-12-15T04:40:56+00:00
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