Part II – Understanding Christ’s Cry of Abandonment

Part II – Understanding Christ’s Cry of Abandonment

In response to the last post (Understanding Christ’s Cry of Abandonment), I have been asked about Pope Saint John Paul’s II comment on Christ’s cry, taken from one his Encyclical On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering: One can say that these words on abandonment are born at the level of that inseparable union of the Son with the Father, and are born because the Father “laid on him the iniquity of us all”. They also...

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Understanding Jesus’ Cry of Abandonment

Understanding Jesus’ Cry of Abandonment

Now that Good Friday is fast approaching we can expect to see a surge in online discussion about Christ’s saving work on the Cross. In this post I want to discuss Christ’s ‘cry of abandonment’ from the Cross – “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mt 27:46; Mk 15:34) – because I feel this is one of the most misunderstood texts in all of Scripture. The historical Protestant (mis)understanding of Christ’s Atonement,...

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Calvinism, Catholicism, and the Cross of Calvary

Calvinism, Catholicism, and the Cross of Calvary

Despite media pundits and Protestant bloggers tripping over themselves to opine on (their complete misunderstandings of) Pope Francis’s recent homily, I do think his remarks provide a good springboard for discussion about what Rome and Geneva think the cross actually accomplishes. Where the Reformed get tripped up is over Francis’s use of the word “redeemed” and its application to all people, including atheists....

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Don’t Pity the Fool

Don’t Pity the Fool

Despite having become something of a douche in the past 15 years or so, any honest and knowledgable music fan must admit that one of the best, most talented, and most musically diverse singer/songwriters of the 1980’s was (wait for it, wait for it) . . . Sting, whose Dream of the Blue Turtles  (1985) and Nothing Like the Sun  (1987) were nothing short of brilliant. My favorite song on the latter is “History Will Teach Us...

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Who Was More Popular, “The Good Shepherd” or “The Walrus”?

The first section of Dual Citizens focuses on the corporate nature of the believer’s life as a pilgrim caught in the overlap of the ages, with my attention being given primarily to the issue of the church’s worship. Chapter 1 is called “Corporate Worship: Covenantal Assembly of a Peculiar People,” and in it I state the chapter’s aim thusly: My aim in this chapter… is to call into question the American...

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On Tooting One’s Own Horn

(Just an aside, but who else’s horn would one toot?) As the discussion in the previous thread turned to the issue of boasting, I was reminded of an old post that I thought I’d put up again (which, incidentally, was fleshed out to become a chapter in my book). Enjoy…. The very idea of “boasting” would appear utterly inconsistent with the Pauline doctrines of grace were it not for the fact that Paul himself did it all...

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