In working through Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, I’m trying to better understand our present moral collapse. Virtues have turned into values, and sins have morphed into mistakes. The new center for morality is the individual, not God, which is quite scary. Christians aren’t the only ones with a “sermon on mount.” Here are a few books that have been helpful. Let me know if you have any suggestions. The Road to Character, David Brooks Is Shame Necessary? New Uses for an
Good Friday is good because it interrupts our weekly liturgy reminding us of the bounty of grace won for us at the cross. Good Friday is hard because it reminds us of the sheer innocence of a spotless Lamb who meets utter horror—Jesus slain for our sins. Goodness, Jesus is worth pausing to adore on Good Friday as we move toward the great hope of Easter Sunday. After all, we can’t have one without the other.
This quotation from Jurgen Moltmann brought me fresh appreciation for what Christ experienced on our behalf at the cross: Not until we understand his abandonment by the God and Father, whose imminence and closeness he had proclaimed in a unique, gracious and festive way, can we understand what was distinctive about his death. Just as there was a unique fellowship with God in his life and preaching, so in his death there was a unique abandonment by God. – Moltmann, The Crucified God,
In 2008, about 50 million people in America checked the “Religious None” box. Ten million of those are ardent atheists. This means that the rest of these 40 million people aren’t really sure what they believe. The nones account for more than More than Charismatic, Lutherans, Methodists, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Mormons and Muslims put together. You (hopefully) have friends, neighbors and coworkers that fall into this category. People like David Noise, author of Unbeliever Nation, are on a campaign to claim the