April fools for Christ

The Mad Hatter by Charles Robinson, Wikimedia Commons

The Bible presents us two kinds of folly, both very different. We meet the first in Proverbs. It's the folly of the person who denies the existence of God, the person who embraces a materialist worldview. We encounter the second in the writings of the apostle Paul. This folly proclaims a God so real and imminent and palpable that he takes human flesh, walks among us, and expunges our sins upon the cross. These two views are as different as whisky and chicken broth. In a flatly … [Read more...]

The consolation of the cross

Rembrandt, 'The Raising of the Cross'

Orthodox Christians this week mark the Sunday of the Holy Cross. At the midpoint of Lent, the church makes a special point of placing the cross before us to console and embolden believers en route to Pascha, or Easter. Through its veneration and contemplation we gain strength for the journey, its upthrust beam like a staff of support. And yet, the cross is a tool of death. Why turn our minds and hearts toward such a dread instrument? C. S. Lewis once observed that "crucifixion" and … [Read more...]


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