The Purest Theology

Martin Luther once said, “the cross of Christ is the only instruction in the Word of God there is, the purest theology.” For Luther, the cross was far more than a saving event though of course he affirmed that it was¬†central to salvation. His argument went far deeper. He believed that the cross was the […]

The Shocking Symbol of Christianity

The cross is about divine self-identification. Calvary is God’s chosen location for articulating his character, heart, and intentions to the world. This was a provocative choice for revealing himself. Paul calls the cross ‘folly’ and a ‘stumbling block.’ God intentionally chose a very difficult and shocking symbol. In this post, I want to share with […]

God’s Upside Down Mission Strategy

Paul once stated that the wisdom of God is foolishness to the world ¬†(1 Cor 1:18-31). His point, God’s choice of strategy for enacting his saving plans makes no sense to the world. This foolish wisdom is seen clearly in the incarnation, the cross, and the selection of the twelve disciples. Last year, I spent […]

The Folly of the Cross

At the cross wisdom is forever redefined. It does not seem wise to place your trust in a weak bloody man on a tree dying a criminals death. It does not seem wise to worship a crucified God. It does not seem smart to place your hope in a message that seems like sheer madness. […]