I didn’t post a weekend words post last week because of Easter, but there were a few good posts regarding Holy Week that I don’t want you to miss.
First, this reminder – that, as Christians, we celebrate an execution, that crosses were the nuclear weapon of the ancient world. “In the pantheon of potential deities Jesus is unique and worthy of celebration, for he alone took what was most foul and disgusting in the whole history of the world—the crucified man—and through the cross announced his ability and intention to making everything new.“
Also from Jesus Creed, I appreciated these observations about Holy Saturday: “This is a unique aspect of Christianity. “…only Christianity insists that a legitimate stage of holiness is hopelessness.” The story of resurrection starts with people having to carry God to the tomb.”
And finally (for the Easter-related, anyway), the title of this essay at the Guardian sums it up rather nicely: Christianity, when properly understood, is a religion of losers.
This essay, over at Full Grown People, is long but worth every word. Poignant and beautiful reflections as the author loses her father to dementia.
Anne, at Modern Mrs. Darcy, talks about failure and the inevitable fact that we all stumble. As a recovering perfectionist myself, I found myself nodding in agreement with much of what she said.
And finally, this editorial in the New York Times, written by Nicholas Kristof, who says himself that he has “little in common, politically or theologically, with evangelicals”, calls for a greater appreciation for those who do good in the name of Christ. Specifically, he lauds one Dr. Foster, a missionary in Angola. He ends with, “The next time you hear someone at a cocktail party mock evangelicals, think of Dr. Foster and those like him. These are folks who don’t so much proclaim the gospel as live it. They deserve better.” Would that it could be said of all of us that we don’t “so much proclaim the gospel as live it.”
That’s it for me. How about you? Read anything good this week?