Atonement, Cross, Propitiation, Peace

Regular readers of my blog know I get a lot of questions on these subjects. More and more people are feeling uncomfortable with the conventional equations they were taught the cross was meant to solve. (What I call the Narrative Question in my most recent book.) Lutheran pastor Nadia Bolz-Webber recently preached a sermon showing how powerfully an alternative understanding preaches. Be prepared to read this slowly so its full impact – about God, Jesus, the cross, junior high school, and you today – can sink in. Even folks who fully support the conventional view will see dimensions of the meaning of the cross here that – as the old hymn says – demand “my soul, my life, my all.”
Here’s Greg Boyd’s 6-minute related reflection – passionate, clear, and challenging, and well worth your time!