Jesus rewrote the book of love through the cross. For those who are his, Jesus has rewritten our story. He hasn’t just corrected the mistakes of our existing story. He’s given us a whole new story. From Fleming Rutledge. What the church needs to hear is the radical message of the good news not only …

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Comradeship was not the reason that Jesus went to the cross. Comradeship is the outcome of Jesus going to the cross. He doesn’t die because we were friends to him, we become his friends through his death. From Fleming Rutledge. In the cross of Christ, we see something revolutionary, something that undercuts not just conventional …

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Crucifixion was intended to erase those who were subjected to it from history. Forgotten and not worth remembering. Yet one individual who was crucified is not only remembered, but has defined history. What made the difference for that one individual? Resurrection. From Fleming Rutledge. It should therefore be affirmed with no ambivalence or ambiguity whatsoever: …

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A culture that exalts the image of the self will also sing along to Amazing Grace. Past generations of Christians had little problem thinking of themselves as wretches (in contrast to wretched). What do they think they’re singing? From Fleming Rutledge. It is baffling that our whole society knows and apparently loves to sing “Amazing …

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