Tag Archives: Cross

  1. Samson as a type of Christ (Judges 16.26-30; Hebrews 11.32-34)

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    July 10, 2018 by jmar198013

    What if Samson was more than just an entitled strong man who met a tragic end? What if he was an Old Testament figure of Christ?

  2. Pretending Easter hasn’t happened (Luke 23.32-47) [Good Friday homily 2017]


    April 12, 2017 by jmar198013

    Because of Good Friday, in the darkness of this present age, we feel Jesus’ nail-pierced hands grasp our hands; and his feet walk beside our feet. And the same voice that told someone suffering beside him in the darkness: “I assure you that today you will be with me in paradise.” That voice says to us: Child, I know. They did it to me, too.

  3. Reading Matt. 5.21-48 with Stanley Hauerwas and John Howard Yoder

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    April 26, 2013 by jmar198013

    Stanley Hauerwas has said: “The basis for the ethics of the Sermon on the Mount is not what works, but rather who God is.” Christians need to realize that a God who reconciles the world through a Cross (Col. 1.19-20) doesn’t have a lot of interest in what “works” for humans. And that the one who tells us to turn the other cheek was slapped around; the one who tells us to give the second garment and go naked was himself publicly stripped; and the one who tells us to carry the burden of another carried a Roman cross beam across his shoulders. The basis of the Sermon on the Mount is the character of God–the God who cares for us in the Cross of his Son. To follow the preaching of Jesus is to be molded more into God’s character, plain and simple.

  4. Cross, Resurrection, and the vocation of the church: Reading Acts 10 with Rowan Williams

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    April 18, 2013 by jmar198013

    Peter’s delighted exclamations after the conversion of Cornelius reveal that he has finally learned to see the far-reaching implications of God’s work in the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, helps the church appropriate Peter’s delightful epiphany for our task of witnessing the life, death, and resurrection of Christ for the world.

  5. In praise of the paradox: A Lord’s Supper Homily on Acts 2.22-24,36


    January 15, 2013 by jmar198013

    I presented this talk this past Sunday, 1.13.13. It’s mostly inspired by S. Mark Heim’s book Saved From Sacrifice: a Theology of the Cross, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006. Heim’s basic premise involves a paradox at the heart of the Gospel: “Christ’s death saves the world, and it ought not to happen.”



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