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The Folly of the Cross in Our Divided World

Crucifixes are kind of everywhere, if you look closely enough. We wear them as necklaces, earrings, or tattoos; we use them to decorate our houses; and most churches usually place a cross front and center. Athletes make the sign of the cross when they excel in competition. Vampires are repelled by the mere sight of […]

#GospelResistance

Thankful for this post by our good friend, Jason Micheli: On Twitter today, the hashtag resist trended in dizzying directions, linking causes as disparate as police brutality, cancelling Tucker Carlson, and even cancelling cancel culture. #Resist was also linked to standing up against “oppressive” mask orders in localities hit by surges in the coronavirus. Given […]

Overworked: An Abundant God Divided for Us

There is no other word in the English language that is used to communicate such a wide variety of emotions as the word “mom.” Here are a few common uses: Mommy! – When your mom picks you up from school and you’re excited to see her. Mommy – Lovingly said with a hug and a […]

David Brooks on the Beauty of Jesus in the Raging Storm

Political and cultural commentator David Brooks is a long-running Mockingbird favorite, and has shown up on the blog several times in the past few years due in part to his 2019 book The Second Mountain (about the deepening of his religious faith) and a related sermon he gave at the National Cathedral in 2017. Well, […]

You Are the One (and Not the Ninety-Nine)

In Twelve Step recovery groups, newcomers are advised to resist the temptation to “identify out.” Many newcomers have the tendency to find all the reasons they don’t fit with the group or can’t possibly become a part of the recovery fellowship. When I was new in recovery I fell victim to this habit and found […]

A Loser’s Guide to Life: Mark 8:34-38

An excerpt from An Easy Stroll Through a Short Gospel: Meditations on Mark, by Larry Parsley. Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose […]

God’s Breath to the Breathless

Grateful for this one from Josh Musser Gritter: Recently I watched the movie adaptation of “The Book Thief”, in which there is striking scene. Set during WWII, a group of German Jews are huddled together in a small bomb shelter outside Munich. As the bombs barrage the city streets, the people of the small town […]

When Justice is Unjust: The Death of Jesus in First Corinthians

New Testament scholar, John Barclay, on the foolishness of the cross to the Gentiles: To hail Jesus the crucified as the Christ, the Son of God, was even more an outrage [than the death of Gavius]. If he was executed as a criminal by legitimate authorities, he was rightly degraded to the rank of human […]

Comfort to Afflicted Saints

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3) The pithiness of some of Jesus’ teachings, coupled with their familiarity in the church, often empties them of their radicality and counter-intuitive divergence from commonsense. Translated into the language of ethics for what Christians must do or become on the […]

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The Resurrection in “The Old Man and the Sea”

Salvation and Life through these Bones

The Parable of the Gambling Chips

Sin City, or the Kingdom of God?