For Lent 2020, Pastor Joe Miller will blog (is that a verb?) through Fleming Rutledge’s The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ. This book has had a powerful influence over the church in recent years and her words on the cross being the focal point of the Christian faith are well worth our consideration.
Follow along with Pastor Joe as he works his way through the book over the Lenten season. Reading the book would of course be helpful, but not necessary to engage with the blog. Enjoy!
Not to take the easy way out, but I love it when authors provide their own Cliff’s Notes to make sure we don’t miss the main idea. The big thing here, in chapter 1, seems to be that it is absolutely, positively, vitally imperative that we keep the cross at the center of our faith, our church, and our mission.
Have you ever had the opportunity to meet one of your heroes and then, after the interaction, felt like the whole thing just didn’t go well?
You build this thing up in your head, and you think the person will understand you because you’ve spent so much time in their books or listening to them talk. You assume that because you think you understand them, they’ll naturally understand you. Rarely does that work out. When it comes to it, you blurt out something ridiculous about how much they mean to you and the whole thing is over before it began. Awkward. And least that’s been my experience.