RJG-Bighorn MtnFrom Theology from the Trenches: “The “revealing” power of the cross is critically important, for if the cross exposes sin, it also discloses the God who is always and already bringing life out of the death-tending ways of our world. Or as Nadia Bolz-Weber has put it, “God keeps reaching down into the dirt of humanity and resurrecting us from the graves we dig for ourselves through our violence, our lies, our selfishness, our arrogance and our addictions. And God keeps loving us back to life over and over.” The profound affirmation of cruciform faith is that God refuses to give up on God’s creation and is at every moment bringing life or resurrection out of the crucified places of our world. Here I am drawn to Elizabeth Johnson’s image for the cross. She speaks of the crucified and risen Christ as the “lens” through which we interpret the living God in our midst. Through this lens “we glimpse a merciful love that knows no bounds. Jesus’ ministry . . . made the love of God experientially available to all, the marginalized most of all.” In sum, the cross encompasses both crucifixion and resurrection, for God is at work in the world to bring life out of broken places.”








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