Each Monday we publish Sunday's Coming, an email-only post on the upcoming readings, written by our current Living by the Word columnist.
Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 10:16-25 or Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9; John 18:1-19:42
Baseball and sacrifice
A runner is stranded on base, in a far country, unable to get home on his own. The batter bunts, aiming to obey the manager.
In every age, the crucifixion has compelled artists with its raw human drama, as well as with its deeper meaning.
A video course on Jesus as forgiving victim
The theme of James Alison’s video Bible study is the main theme he sees in scripture: that the creation of scapegoats must end.
In defense of atonement theology
Explanations of the cross have been subject to major critiques in recent decades. Is it really the case that, given human sin, someone has to pay?
Ashes in the streets
At our first outdoor procession, I felt awkward. I’d led liturgies before, but my church life and my real life didn’t usually intersect so publicly.
Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 the Consultation on Common Texts. Used by permission.