The key to understanding Jesus and most of the New Testament, the real secret, is the cross. Failure to recognize this is doomed for a more critical failure.
The cross intersects straight through human experience. It doesn’t help to deny it, ignore it, wish it away, or mutate it into something marketable. So many of us and our churches are doing everything possible to flee from the reality of human suffering. It is a permanent fixture in the world.
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