Cinderella, the Fool for Christ

Cinderella, the Fool for Christ

You have probably seen pictures of the colorful “onion domes” at the heart of Moscow’s Red Square. Now a museum, the Собор Василия Блаженного or Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed (Saint Basil’s Cathedral) is a true Russian icon. But who is this Saint Basil? One might assume it is Saint Basil the Great, a fourth century archbishop of Caesarea and one of the most famous of all the early Church fathers—but that assumption would be incorrect. Instead, this beautiful shrine is named for … MORE ›

Gospel Meditations on the Cross: John

Gospel Meditations on the Cross: John

Authority Each of the Gospel accounts, in one way or another uses the Crucifixion scene to communicate that Jesus is the true King of all. Yet, John takes a particular interest in the authority of Jesus during his trial and all the way through his death. This theme at the Cross is not new to John’s Gospel. In fact, he begins his Gospel declaring Jesus’ Godhood. (John 1:1) Still, John the Theologian marks out Jesus’ authority as a defining feature … MORE ›

Great and Holy Friday: The Death of God

Great and Holy Friday: The Death of God

Jesus died. What sort of a eulogy could be given for such a man? What sort of obituary could possibly be written? Here lies one homeless man, without a wife, without children, with no employer, with no college degrees. He has no articles published. He has written no books. His own countrymen are the ones who rejected him and gave him up to death. Those who followed him for awhile, abandoned him. He’s not even a citizen of the empire which … MORE ›

Gospel Meditations on the Cross: Luke

Gospel Meditations on the Cross: Luke

The Righteousness of God Having been a missionary companion (Acts 16:10), and disciple of the Apostle Paul (2 Timothy 4:11), Luke reflects Pauline concerns, themes and emphases in his writing (Luke-Acts). One such theme is an emphasis on the Gospel of the Messiah of Israel reaching the Gentiles (Luke 2:14, 31-32, 4:26-27). The Lordship of Jesus over/for the Gentiles is not merely an addendum to God’s work for Israel. What God did for/in Israel was always what God was doing … MORE ›