Between a trip to San Fran for a conference and Thanksgiving in the mountains, I have not been blogging much this month. There are two things that I have been doing over at HomeBrewed Christianity that I am quite proud of.
The first is a conversation about the Cross. It started with this blog post and then led to an hour long conversation with Tripp Fuller for a Theology Nerd Throwdown. My basic take was that we have over-focused on the Cross and neglected both the empty tomb and Pentecost as Christian symbols and events.
Last week my friend A.J Swaboda said “Discipleship is photo-shopping the cross into every picture and angle of my life.” I asked him if the empty tomb wouldn’t be more appropriate. He said (wisely) that you can’t have one without the other.
So is that what we are doing? Is ‘the Cross’ shorthand for the whole story? Is it assumed that when we say ‘Cross’ we mean also Resurrection and Pentecost?
That would make me nervous.
Here is my concern: in the resurrection God spoke a new word over the world. I would like to live into that new word and participate with God’s Spirit who was given as a gift and a seal of the promise.
To obsess on the cross and related atonement theories is to live perpetually in the old word and to camp in the final thing that God said about the old situation.
The second is a conversation about being Charismatic/Pentecostal now that I have a Progressive perspective on the whole subject. You can read the comments at HBC where I am getting great feedback – I will re-post the whole thing here as well. I would love your feedback on both of these conversations.