The cross is no benign decoration for wall or jewelry. It is a sign of shame and scandal. And it might have passed from human notice except for particular crucifixion over two thousand years ago. From Fleming Rutledge: We can begin with the oddity of the universally recognized signifier, “the crucifixion.” It will help us …

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Charles Spurgeon, as quoted by David Cook in a sermon this afternoon: “I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.” The subjective experience of adversity brings us into contact with the objective experience of God and his gracious love.

Pastoral life requires an embrace of personal locality. I struggle with reaching out. What do you suppose the work of a pastor entails in light of this? He sends at minimum, we would assume local attentiveness to divine love, among ordinary people and places, with local weather and stories. And right here, the words “attentive” …

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