Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son.He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth;like a lamb … Continue reading Two Sacrifices, One Death: Isaac and the Suffering Servant
Note: Originally published on Progressive Southern Theologians on April 18, 2019. And thus our question is: did Christ, the Son of God, rise from the dead on the first day of the week, did He send His Spirit on the day of Pentecost, did He, in other words, enter time only that we may ‘symbolize’ … Continue reading The Restoration of Holy Week
Emmanuel Buteau joins me for a new “Conversations” episode of the Liminal Theology Podcast. Emmanuel and Jonathan Best explore contemporary issues and concerns through practical theology and liminality. In this episode, Emmanuel and Jonathan explore the significance of Easter, particularly in its meaning as a symbol. They place Easter within the context of suffering, asking … Continue reading Conversations: What is Easter? (Episode 20)
The liturgy of Holy Week teaches us that a crisis situation (limit situation) can be a defining moment—it can make us or break us. On the first day of the week (now celebrated as Palm Sunday), a few days before Passover, Jesus entered Jerusalem knowing that he was about to fulfil his destiny. He knew … Continue reading Limit Situations: Not Limiting but Empowering
Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid him in a tomb cut in stone, where no one had ever yet been laid. It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning. Luke 23:53-54 (ESV) In this world suffering and disease are indeed 'normal,' but their very … Continue reading What Follows Saturday?