Posts from March 2014

A Progressive Good Friday?

What do you do with Good Friday and the Cross when you’ve abandoned the doctrine of substitutionary atonement and the divine necessity of Jesus’ death? Like many progressive Christians, I grew up hearing the mantras “Jesus died for our sins,” “Jesus died so that we might have eternal life and escape God’s wrath,” “Jesus paid […]

Palm-Passion Sunday: Celebration, Desolation and Healing

The Triumphant Entry Luke 19:28-40; Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 The Passion of Jesus Isaiah 53:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 23:1-49 The order of the day for the first day of Holy Week, Palm Sunday, is the interplay of celebration and passion. It is the appropriate theological as well as chronological entry point for the spiritual maelstrom on the horizon […]