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The Paradox of the Cross – The Cross

So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. — John 19:17 Good timber was rare.  So they would re-use the spikes driven into the hands and feet of the accused as well as re-use the cross […]

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The Paradox of the Cross – The Crown

And the soldiers led him away inside the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters), and they called together the whole battalion. And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him.  And they began to salute him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they were striking his […]

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The Paradox of the Cross – The Shame

So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged  Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. — Mark 15:15 Jesus was stripped naked and scourged.  This involved a leather whip with stone, glass, and bone embedded in it.  The flesh would be tenderized by the stone and ripped off by the […]

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The Paradox of the Cross – The Blindfold

Now the men who were holding Jesus in custody were mocking him as they beat him. They also blindfolded him and kept asking him, “Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?” And they said many other things against him, blaspheming him. — Luke 22:63-65 Jesus –  God –  knows all and sees all (Prov 15:3). […]

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The Paradox of the Cross – The Trials

And they led Jesus to the high priest…Now the chief priests and the whole Council were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none.  For many bore false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree.   And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Have […]

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The Paradox of the Cross – The Arrest

And they went to a place called Gethsemane…Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders…and they laid hands on him and seized him. –Mark 14:32,43,46 It was His idea.  The trees; the flowers. Leaves and petals.  Birds chirping, […]

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You're Chasing Me Always

Yesterday a first happened for me. My neighbors left my back gate open and my three-year-old Brittany Spaniel mix got out. Naturally, I freaked. I was in the process of closing the gate when he squeezed through the opening. I was barefoot and carrying my new baby Zuzu yelling Dexter’s name as I chased him […]

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Desperate for Someone to Set Them Free

There is an excellent blog post at the Gospel Coalition blog on the band Radiohead.  It is a great example on how Christians should view culture from a Gospel worldview. Here is an excerpt: As Christians and especially as church leaders, we would be wise to notice this cultural numbness, and the rage that hides […]

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The Paradox is The Paradox

Over the past couple years there have been a multitude of events that impulsed the innate desire to ask: “Why did that happen like that?” Examples: “Why didn’t I ever attend DBU, as I had planned multiple times?” “Why did I live in San Antonio for a year longer than I had initially planned?” “Why […]

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My Place In This World

One of my biggest personal issues that I struggle with is this constant feeling that I just don’t belong. I’ve always thought I didn’t quite fit in with whatever group I was associated with…never “enough” of whatever I’m supposed to be to really be a part of the “in” crowd. This has created some major […]

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