Tag Archives: crucifixion

Sermon: Longer than all earthly empires

In this world of violence and exclusion proclaiming such things might seem utterly naïve. And yet the reign of Christ has lasted longer than any of the empires of the world. Jesus was executed by the Roman Empire, which lasted for between 500 and 1000 years, depending on how it is defined. The British Empire, the reason that most of us are living here on this land, lasted four hundred years. Jesus was executed as a common criminal almost two thousand years ago and yet here we are, millennia later, on the other side of the world, trying our best to live as citizens of his realm. Continue reading

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Sermon: The powerlessness and ugliness of God in Jesus

If we ignore the crucifixion’s horror we lose that solidarity between God and suffering humanity. If we make Jesus too attractive and powerful, we might think that ugly, suffering human beings are not part of the world that God so loves. Continue reading

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Sermon: How is Jesus like a bronze serpent?

The cross turns our ways of seeing the world upside down. God becomes powerless to defeat death; human suffering is taken up into the life of God. Continue reading

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Sermon: God’s NO to violence

Throughout history, even today, attempts have been made to convince people that God endorses violence and that murder can be done in God’s name. Continue reading

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