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By gfackre on 7/30/2008 8:18 AM

While being saved from suffering is to the fore today as our culture's question, what about the other matter of salvation which Cruden tracks through Scripture? That question is posed by Karl Menninger in his famous book, WHATEVER BECAME OF SIN? At the heart of the Christian Story , God answers that question raised by Chapter 2 of the biblical narrative--our No! to God and one another. The response? The historic 1999 Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification by the Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church puts it this way: salvation from sin comes "by grace alone, in faith in Christ's saving work...." Read More »

By Richard L. Floyd on 7/20/2008 10:14 AM

Some of the critics believe that the word of the cross is not good news, but bad news. The chief criticism is that the cross is an act of violence against Jesus by God. Read More »

By Richard L. Floyd on 7/11/2008 9:06 AM

Jesus’ crucifixion itself is, of course, a horrific act of violence, but Christian faith, from its early days, has interpreted it as a divine act of reconciliation. Read More »

By gfackre on 7/5/2008 5:00 PM

Salvation in Scripture has two meanings. So Cruden's concordance. We are saved by the grace of God from "trouble and danger" and from "sin and its consequences." In our era the questions people ask around the issue of hope have to do with the former. Archbishop Tutu's book title captures our problem: "Hope and Suffering." Jesus Christ is the Hope of the world in his salvation from suffering in the framework of an Already and Not Yet spoken about here, but also in a previous blog on "theodicy.". Here is a crucial Word that needs to be heard in our time.

But what of hope and sin? To be continued.
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By Richard L. Floyd on 7/5/2008 11:37 AM

It is an irony that I find myself defending the cross from the critics who say it causes violence, because it was a reaction to violence that profoundly influenced me to return to the Christian faith of my childhood as a young adult in the late 1960’s. Read More »

By Richard L. Floyd on 7/3/2008 10:31 AM

Is the cross an emblem of violence? That violence has been done in the name of the cross cannot be denied. But the argument hinges on the distinction between whether the cross, in and of itself, is a cause of violence, or whether when violence is done in the name of the cross, it is a betrayal of the cross’s true meaning Read More »

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