Tag Archives: Good Friday

The cross as symbol and reality

The cross. Such a potent symbol, pregnant with a million meanings, yet at the same time so ubiquitous and universal that it loses its impact. So what is the cross a symbol of? It is not a symbol of power, … Continue reading

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Good Friday: the day God became an atheist

I’ve written plenty before about Good Friday – about the death and triumph of love, about the historical and spiritual reasons Jesus died, about whether Christ suffered so we don’t need to, and about how on earth we can call … Continue reading

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Good Friday Waiting

I wrote this poem 15 years ago after a Maundy Thursday experience of what C.S. Lewis would have called Joy, or Sehnsucht. I was blissfully unemployed at the time, and was walking home through the park from giving a guitar … Continue reading

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More music for Good Friday

A picture may be worth 1000 words, but in my view a good piece of music can be worth a dozen pictures. Amusingly-named musicologist Chris Dingle goes further and posits that music is the language of God (and argues from … Continue reading

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Why did Jesus die, part III – did he suffer so that we don’t have to?

In the last two posts I’ve been looking at the historical and spiritual reasons why Jesus died on a cross. I wondered whether he not only chose to die, but also chose the manner of his death, in order to … Continue reading

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Why did Jesus die? Part II – the spiritual reasons

Last time we looked at the human and historical reasons why Jesus ended up on a cross. But, on a theological or spiritual level, did he really have to die? Why? Couldn’t God have ushered in his Kingdom in some … Continue reading

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Why did Jesus die? Part I – the historical reasons

Over the next 3 posts in the run up to Good Friday and Easter, I want to look at Jesus’ death on a cross, and specifically the question – why did Jesus die? There are many ways of answering this … Continue reading

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Easter experience – when theology meets reality

In the last few posts I’ve been pondering the events of Holy Week (well, Holy Weekend mainly). I’ll confess that for the most part these were posts I’d prepared a few weeks ago, knowing that on the actual days themselves … Continue reading

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Good Friday?

Good Friday. What on earth is good about it; in what possible non-ironic sense can it be called anything but utterly bad? This is a day of deepest tragedy, of horror and casual (even routine) brutality, of humiliation and suffering, … Continue reading

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