The Announcement of God’s Power & Wisdom: Good Friday

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It’s holy week in the Christian calendar. Today is Good Friday, remembering the crucifixion of Christ. Tomorrow is Holy Saturday, or what I think is better identified as Silent Saturday. Then we have Easter Sunday, given to celebrate the reality that Jesus walked out of the grave alive.

What I want to do today, which I’ve shared on before, is not consider the words of the gospels in regards to Christ’s death (though they are amazing!). Rather I want to consider Paul’s words found in 1 Cor 1:10 – 2:5. Continue reading

Does Christ’s Atoning Death Provide Healing?

jm_200_NT1.pd-P16.tiffOne of the big questions that arises in discussions about miraculous healing is this: Does Christ’s atoning death on the cross provide healing?

Those who affirm that the atonement is our provision for healing will usually refer to 3 passages of Scripture: Isa 53:4-5; Matt 8:14-17; and 1 Pet 2:24.

I quote them below for reference: Continue reading

The Cross as the Power & Wisdom of God

rouault-crucifixionIt’s holy week in the Christian calendar. Today is Good Friday, remembering the crucifixion of Christ. Tomorrow is Holy Saturday, or what I think is better identified as Silent Saturday. Then we have Easter Sunday, given to celebrate the reality that Jesus walked out of the grave alive.

What I want to do today, which I’ve shared on before, is not consider the words of the gospels in regards to Christ’s death (though they are amazing!). Rather I want to consider Paul’s words found in 1 Cor 1:10 – 2:5. Continue reading

The Beauty of the Cross

How could a crown equal cross and nails?
I still see the beauty.
It seemed the divine had truly failed;
I still see the beauty.
With all the blood beneath the core;
I still see the beauty.
With all the foolishness, there could be no more;
I still see the beauty.

Ridicule, tears and pain
Ground soaked by stain
Voices hoarse, curse his name
Brokenness of body and frame
I still see the beauty. Continue reading

What Is the Central Place of Worship?

In our world today, there are a multitude and variety of worship songs coming out left and right. This is not a bad thing necessarily. I love to worship corporately in song and to worship in my own personal time as I listen to or sing songs. I have recently been blessed by Paul Baloche’s newest album, The Same Love. The two songs – The Same Love and We Are Saved – are truly stirring and encouraging.

Not unexpectedly, one of the greatest themes of songs is that of the cross. And it should be! The enthroning and saving act of Christ, continued in his resurrection and ascension, is the most gripping act in history. What a strange, yet good, way for God to become king and provide salvation for humanity!

But one wrong way to focus on the cross (and, yes, there is a wrong way) is to see it as the central place of worship. It is actually not.

What?

Yes, that’s correct. Continue reading