Apr 18 2014

Uniting Grace: Good Friday, Trinity, and Atonement

For many Christians, Good Friday brings up aspects of Christianity they would prefer to minimize, or leave behind entirely.  Themes like sacrifice, suffering, guilt, and blood make many followers of Christ uncomfortable.  Jeremy Smith has recently argued in favor of moving the locus of atonement further away from the cross.  Indeed, the cross remains to followers of […]

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Apr 18 2014

Bob Kaylor: The Singing Savior

Matthew 26:17-30 If you do a Google search for images of Jesus, you’ll find almost an infinite number of pictures—classic pictures of Jesus preaching, Jesus with his disciples, Jesus dying on the cross, the risen Jesus coming out of the empty tomb. You’ll see images of Jesus crying and even Jesus laughing. But one of […]

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Apr 18 2014

Incarnatio: Scripture & Culture in Wesleyan Perspective: Resurrection is Everything (@OfficialSeedbed)

My latest guest post for Seedbed went live this morning. Here’s the intro:”Why celebrate Easter?” That’s an honest question that was put to me recently by a man who is deeply interested in religion, though intentionally not part of any orthodox Christi…

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Apr 18 2014

Kairos CoMotion Lectionary Dialogue: Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 (Friday)

Year A – Good Friday or Annihilation Friday
April 18, 2014
What is our confession, our affirmation? It is not that we have a High Priest who will make such for us.
Jesus did not presume upon his privilege to escape travail (a three-stake implement of torture). It is too easy to interpret non-presumption as obedience. This sort of decision is not just an act of obedience. It takes a mature person able to enter into the decision to not escape and to make it their own.
Note that in our day we also see that participatory maturity can be seen, instead, as fanaticism—the difference is between how wonderful we are in our maturity and how dastardly they are in their terrorism. While not wanting to equate these two, our major use of this sort of language is to privilege ourselves with the moral high ground of good obedience, not bad obedience.
Obedience learned through suffering is provisional or foxhole obedience. When the trauma is over, so is the obedience. It turns to unquestioning rote or the relief of disobedience. This type of obedience really can’t be healthily passed on. It establishes a do-as-I-say-because-I-say-it relationship.
Perhaps it is enough to simply say, the one we follow as partners is one who can sympathize with weakness even as they can lead us to love beyond our limits. These two actions complement one another and set the ground for transformation.

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Apr 18 2014

Kairos CoMotion Lectionary Dialogue: Hebrews 10:16-25 (Friday)

Year A – Good Friday or Annihilation Friday
April 18, 2014
Where there is forgiveness, there is no longer any offering for sin. The life of Jesus, and those he mentored, is merciful, forgiving. This is not just a momentary accomplishment, but a life-time achievement.
If you are not going to claim the power of forgiveness as a key key to the presence of G*D, there is nothing that Jesus’ death does that will substitute it for your responsibility to forgive.
Even here in the midst of a temptation to idolize crucifixion, we hear these strange and powerful words: “Let us provoke one another to love and good deeds.”
Jesus shows we can make it to and past the consequences of loving good deeds in the midst of a greedy and privileged culture. To claim any given moment of a nation to be the pinnacle of morality is an exercise in futility. Only a brief moment in time will reveal that the official history is but a cover for extending the current power structure on day more. The alternative history (read your Howard Zinn) always reveals a liberation rising from the grassroots to break through the cement (thank you Malvina Reynolds). We arrive at a better tomorrow by a whole series of sequential or persistent actions, not by protecting wealth and privilege with guns and armies.
Indeed, let us meet together in all our confusing and contradictory ways. Only in this time of meeting can we provoke each one another to love and good deeds. When we lose this connection, we lose our basic mission that has come at such a cost to so many. 
Today reflect on this image I found in Korea. I’m told the dress is of a scholar and the cross is a backpack I saw farmers in the community using for their chores. Scholars and workers are crucified for the wealth and power of a few. Listen to both saying, “We can do better.” This provocation to love and good deeds is the call we need to hear. Mourn death, yes, but do better.

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Apr 18 2014

Kairos CoMotion Lectionary Dialogue: Psalm 22 (Friday)

Year A – Good Friday or Annihilation Friday
April 18, 2014
One might almost think that a goodly portion of the Paschal Triduum is based on Hebrew Scripture quotes, repurposed with a twist, to make Jesus a G*D. Quoting the Psalms might make us want to take a look at them in their own right, but with these quotes it is more likely the Gospel writers were redefining the Psalms rather than honoring them.
At best we can play along with Nikos Kazantzakis’ Last Temptation of Christ and remember the first temptations after Jesus’ baptism were all responded to with quotes from the scriptures of Jesus’ time. The quotes drive us back to the originals. Note the Jewish tradition to read this Psalm on Purim, a celebration of the saving of a later exiled community. Thus Psalm 22 is a communal psalm, not an individual one; it is a psalm of community restoration, not about a Messiah.
For this year, re-view the last verses,
In such a time as this, so live today that a people yet unborn will have echoes of steadfast love and affirmations that new life is already present if they are willing to risk their personal life for the benefit of all.

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