Was Jesus’ death necessary for our salvation? (the seventh saying from the cross)

Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit” (Luke 23:46). [Read more…]

Three Glorious Surprises in the Resurrection

The resurrection of Jesus is too often either co-opted for conservative Christian triumphalism or reduced to a magic trick that proves Jesus’s divinity. The actual accounts of the resurrection in the synoptic gospels are odd and beautiful and full of unexpected details. [Read more…]

In Our Bones: Holy Week Reflections

I do not dance with ease on any day. I stumble even more on Palm Sunday. My uncooperative sense of rhythm is only part of the problem. I process with awkward reluctance because my heart and mind are reluctant to grapple yet again with the seven days Christians have marked as Holy Week. [Read more…]

The Cosmic Cross (the sixth saying of Jesus from the cross)

A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit . [Read more…]

Living in the Real World of Gray

I was raised in a world of black and white, right and wrong, good and bad, us versus them. [Read more…]

The Patriarchy Shop

A young woman stepped into the richly-decorated interior of the Christian Patriarchy Shop. [Read more…]

Did God forsake Jesus? (The fifth saying of Jesus from the cross)

When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. At three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” [Read more…]

We Have Met the Beast and It Is Us

Somehow this is still a thing. Christian leaders and politicians routinely make fearmongering overtures about “the antichrist,” “the beast,” the cosmic boogeyman who will bring about the End Times™ and coincidentally happens to be their ideological opponent. [Read more…]