Jesus is Dead

Jesus is Dead

In the Christian tradition I was raised in, the events of Good Friday were reduced to a transaction. “He paid a debt he did not owe/ I owed a debt I could not pay” were the lyrics to a song we sang that summed it all up. That way of understanding the reasons for the...
Faith Seeking Understanding | Rethinking Atonement

Faith Seeking Understanding | Rethinking Atonement

There was no “Damascus Road” experience. My understanding of Jesus’ death was challenged – and, ultimately, changed – slowly, gradually, haltingly. Encountering the work of René Girard – and others who built upon and adapted his interpretation of Jesus’ death through...

Good Friday – Bad Long Before It Was Good

Good Friday was bad long before it was good, at least from outward appearances. God was being crucified by all that can go bad in the world: pride, jealousy, distrust, wound, self-interest, sin. It’s no accident the Gospels tell us that, as Jesus was dying, it...

What Role Do You Play in Passion Drama?

Luke’s rather long portrayal of the first part of Good Friday starts early in the morning at a gathering of the Sanhedrin. This “supreme court” of Judaism is where the religious leaders solidified their position that Jesus was a dangerous man who...