Paul and the Story of the Cross

When I start talking about the importance of the story of the cross as I did yesterday–that we are a cross people and that we know what the cross signifies because of the whole story in which it is found–I quickly bump up against the fact that most of the books of the New Testament […]

Jesus’ Own Faith

In conversation with some comments that ensued after the “faith of Jesus Christ” post from last week, I want to underscore what I think is essential about the identity of Jesus, an aspect highlighted by the “faith(fulness) of Jesus Christ” reading of Galatians 1:16. In order for Jesus to be truly human, he had to […]

Violence and Power

Since The Shooting this weekend folks have been engaged in the standard question-asking, finger-pointing, and blame shifting. We always want to blame someone. One of the most common concerns, and one that I share in part, is the connection between the shooting and the inflamed political rhetoric of our day. But I wonder if the […]