Sermons 2016

Bringing Back Jesus

Dec. 18 Part 10 - The Shiny, Happy Christmas Cross

Do you have a favorite cross? For almost two millennia crosses have sat atop architectural wonders, swung from necks as diamond-bedazzled jewels, led medieval
armies into battle, and bravely fended off vampires (the last one may not have happened). There are almost as many different crosses as there are perspectives on the faith that places one at its center. Happy crosses, neon crosses, rugged crosses, lucky crosses, 90’s-tribal-tattoo crosses, cross clip art. Over the centuries, moreover, the symbol of the cross
has been associated with countless moments, movements, heartbreaking atrocities and
humanitarian achievements. This Sunday, as we finish our expedition through the Gospel of Mark, we do so at the foot of the horrifying Roman combination of stipes and patibulum (vertical beam and crossbar). Whether you’ve been (like me) a church kid
from time immemorial or you are brand spanking new to this whole “Jesus thing,” Mark’s Gospel narrates a cross story that invites us all to reconsider everything.

James


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