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Cheesus saves?

by Richard on March 23, 2013

Source: dudelol.com via Richard on Pinterest

 
 
There’s been a bit of a stir in my twitter feed about Giles Fraser’s latest Guardian column which appears under the headline “I bang my head against the wall when evangelicals turn Jesus into Cheesus”
Once again, the evangelicals are in the ascendency in the Church of England. Rowan Williams never [...]

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Father, forgive

by Richard on April 6, 2012

From Will Willimon
Don’t you find it curious that the first word, the very first word that Jesus speaks in agony on the cross, is “Father, forgive”? Such blood, violence, injustice, crushed bone, and ripped sinew, the hands nailed to the wood. With all the possible words of recrimination, condemnation, and accusation, the first thing Jesus [...]

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Friday morning: Sydney Carter

by Richard on April 6, 2012

It was on a Friday morning that they took me from the cell
and I saw they had a carpenter to crucify as well
You can blame it on to Pilate
You can blame it on the Jews
You can blame it on the Devil
Its God I accuse
It’s God they ought to crucify instead of you and me
I said [...]

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Good Friday Sermon: Lose your faith

by Richard on April 23, 2011

Our friend Kim, posted at Faith and Theology*
Lose your faith in God. For as the French mystic Simone Weil insisted, there is a kind of atheism that is purifying, cleansing us of idols. Lose your faith in the god that the cross exposes as a no-god, a sham god. Lose your faith in the god [...]

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Blind Willie Johnson on Good Friday

by Richard on April 22, 2011

Dark was the night, cold was the ground

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Bruce Springsteen on Good Friday

by Richard on April 22, 2011

With thanks to BanksBoy

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R. S. Thomas on Good Friday

by Richard on April 22, 2011

It was quiet. What had the sentry
to cry, but that it was the ninth hour
and all was not well? The darkness
began to lift, but it was not the mind
was illumined. The carpenter
had done his work well to sustain
the carpenter’s burden; the Cross an example
of the power of art to transcend timber.

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Ernst Käsemann on Good Friday

by Kim on April 22, 2011

The abiding bequest of Pauline theology to Christianity is its proof of the absurdity of the illusions of pious performers and enthusiasts by confronting both with the image of the Crucified. We may confidently state that the first commandment is inflected and sharpened. At Golgotha, along with the idols and demons, our imaginings [...]

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A hymn for Good Friday

by Richard on April 2, 2010

By Kim Fabricius, based on the 7 words from the Cross. Suggested tune is ‘House of the rising sun’ or ‘Amazing Grace’
Beneath an unforgiving sky
hangs Christ, the Father’s Son;
“Forgive them, Father,” hear him cry,
“they don’t know what they’ve done.”
Two hang with Christ upon the tree
(while soldiers play at dice);
“Today” - his promise - “you will [...]

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Good Friday Walk of Witness in Wrexham

by Richard on April 11, 2009

Hundreds of Christians marked Good Friday in Wrexham with a walk of witness yesterday. The walk began at the Salvation Army Citadel, following the ‘free church’ service there. Along the route we were joined by brothers and sisters from the Roman Catholic cathedral and the Anglican parish church, before an open air service in the [...]

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A hymn for Good Friday

by Richard on April 10, 2009

O Love divine, what hast thou done!
The immortal God hath died for me!
The Father’s co-eternal Son
Bore all my sins upon the tree;
Th’immortal God for me hath died!
My Lord, my Love, is crucified –
Is crucified for me and you,
To bring us rebels back to God;
Believe, believe the record true,
Ye all are bought with Jesus’ blood,
Pardon for [...]

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Good Friday meditation :: It is finished

by Richard on March 21, 2008

All is complete. The pain is gone. The laboured breathing is at an end.
Stillness…
Death…
Hopes and dreams are shattered. Here is the Messiah, the Christ, the “King of the Jews”, hanging limp and broken on a cross. The crowd who cried for liberation must seek another saviour. The disciples who hoped for glory in the new [...]

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I was sitting in Costa Coffee, just outside the Quadrant, having a Medio Cappuccino (with an extra shot!) and reading. At the next table were a couple of young women; looked like they were on their lunch hour. One of them was wearing a large, jewel-encrusted cross [...]

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A Hymn for Good Friday

by Kim on March 28, 2007

Pilate poses,
Christ exposes -
power challenged and defied;
Christ appearing,
people jeering -
sin and righteousness collide.
Life the winner,
new creation;
for the sinner,
full salvation:
Christ the Lord is crucified!
Christ the Lord is crucified!
‘Midst the shambles
soldiers gamble,
bandits braying at his side;
earth is shaken,
dead awaken
at the dreadful deicide.
An absurd day -
wait! - surprises! -
on the third day
Jesus rises:
Christ the Lord is glorified!
Christ the [...]

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Beneath an unforgiving sky
hangs Christ, the Father’s Son;
“Forgive them, Father,” hear him cry,
“they don’t know what they’ve done.”
Two hang with Christ upon the tree
(while soldiers play at dice);
“Today” - his promise - “you will be
with me in paradise.”
A friend stands, dumb with disbelief,
the one who did not run;
his mother too stands, numb with grief -
he [...]

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Good Friday Reblogged: It is finished!

by Richard on March 25, 2005

All is complete. The pain is gone. The laboured breathing is at an end.
Stillness…
Death…
Hopes and dreams are shattered. Here is the Messiah, the Christ, the “King of the Jews”, hanging limp and broken on a cross. The crowd who cried for liberation must seek another saviour. The disciples who hoped for glory in the new [...]

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Good Friday Hymn

by Richard on March 25, 2005

O Love divine, what hast thou done!
The immortal God hath died for me!
The Father’s co-eternal Son
Bore all my sins upon the tree;
Th’immortal God for me hath died!
My Lord, my Love, is crucified –
Is crucified for me and you,
To bring us rebels back to God;
Believe, believe the record true,
Ye all are bought with Jesus’ blood,
Pardon for [...]

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Good Friday

by admin on July 16, 2004

I’ve always said, I’m not much of a lad for poems and stuff. Call me a philistine. But in the last week or two I’ve been filling in some of the gaps in my education. I came across this poem by Welsh poet R. S. Thomas and couldn’t resist sharing it.

Good Friday
It was quiet. What [...]

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