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Crucifixion

Good Friday:Christ's Offering and Ours

Christine Carter | Posted 04.03.2015 | Religion
Christine Carter

I always feel a stirring in my heart during Holy week. The weight of a heavy shadow hovers over me, as I reflect on the torturing assault Christ endured on that fateful day.

The Only Pain Worse Than Crucifixion

Sarah Thebarge | Posted 04.03.2015 | Religion
Sarah Thebarge

Last week I had lunch with the pastor of the church where I'm currently the writer-in-residence. I asked him how the three members of the Trinity -- God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit -- decided who was going to have to take on physical form, be born in a barn, and then be crucified.

"Surely Not Me": The Death of Jesus and Corporate Sin

Alan P. Sherouse | Posted 04.03.2015 | Religion
Alan P. Sherouse

Last night, Jesus once again gathered with his disciples, washed our feet and called us to love, and then shared the unthinkable news that he would be handed over by one of his own.

Christians Walk The Way Of Suffering For Good Friday

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.03.2015 | Religion

The Via Dolorosa, or Way of Suffering, weaves its way through Jerusalem's Old City and is believed to be the path Jesus walked, carrying his cross, on...

Carol Kuruvilla

What It's Like To Be Crucified

HuffingtonPost.com | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 04.03.2015 | Religion

Last year on Good Friday, Lasse Spang Olsen was crucified in the Philippines. The Danish filmmaker and stunt performer from Copenhagen raised eyebr...

The Scandal of Good Friday

Zack Hunt | Posted 04.03.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

While officially the theological matter may have been put to rest in 451 AD and though most of us in the Church today are pretty comfortable affirming both the humanity and the divinity of Jesus, the way we talk and think about Jesus reveals that the controversy is far from over.

Incarcerated Women Reflect On Jesus' Seven Last Words On The Cross

The Huffington Post | HuffPost Religion Editors | Posted 04.07.2015 | Religion

On Good Friday, many Christians reflect on what are known as the seven last words -- the final statements Jesus Christ said while on the cross, as rec...

Who Killed Jesus?

The Huffington Post | Paul Raushenbush | Posted 04.02.2015 | Religion

Welcome to this week’s ALL TOGETHER, the podcast dedicated to exploring how ethics, religion and spiritual practice is informing our personal lives,...

Good Friday, Oberammergau and God's Love

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 04.02.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

The power and significance of Christ's death on the cross provides the opportunity for us to take pause. Although the story may be familiar, it is no less powerful year by year as we commemorate the most precious gift of Christ's sacrifice.

Picturing the Jewish Jesus: Bill O'Reilly and the National Geographic Channel Get It Right.

Bernard Starr | Posted 04.02.2015 | Religion
Bernard Starr

When I tuned in on March 29, 2015, for the National Geographic's film production Killing Jesus, adapted from Bill O'Reilly's book Killing Jesus, I was poised, pen in hand, to write about the return of Jesus the Tea Party guy.

Jesus Died in a Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

For all the accolades poured out upon Jesus, little is said about the harsh realities of the police state in which he lived and its similarities to modern-day America, and yet they are striking.

Controversial Gay Jesus Attacked and Labeled as Blasphemy

Kittredge Cherry | Posted 04.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Kittredge Cherry

Jesus arrives as a gay man of today in a modern city with "The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision," a controversial series of paintings. The paintings and the new book that I wrote about them have been attacked as blasphemy by conservative Christians. But we refuse to concede Jesus to those who act like they own the copyright on Christ, then use him as a weapon to dominate others.

Jesus: A Death Like Ours

Greg Carey | Posted 03.25.2015 | Religion
Greg Carey

Many Christians tend to glorify Jesus' death, as if somehow Jesus suffered in ways no one else does. Jesus' death does not distinguish him from the rest of humanity so much as it unites us with him. If we begin to argue that Jesus' death was somehow unique, we embarrass ourselves.

Should the Swastika Be Rehabilitated or Forever Damned? A Surprising Debate

Bernard Starr | Posted 03.12.2015 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Four hundred years or more from now, could the narrative be changed? Could the swastika become a symbol of victory over persecution and genocide?

Made in the Image of God: Art, Feminist Theology and Caroline Mackenzie

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 03.06.2015 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

My theological writings arise from my personal journey through faith and doubt, difficulties and joys. Many of our encounters with God inform our theology, make us who we are, and shape our living. I position my writings to reflect this part of my life that I try to live out as faithfully as I can.

I Didn't Know Jesus Was Lost

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 03.03.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

While the Shroud of Turin will be of little help in the finding of Jesus, personally or historically, the CNN documentary and the book behind it remind us of the problem of Jesus' being relatively lost to recent modern audiences.

Jesus: Rambo or Prince of Peace? A Commentary on 'The Crucifixion Rule Book'

Bernard Starr | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Bernard Starr

So for those who wish to celebrate the spiritual enlightenment of the Rabbi from Galilee for his embodiment of peace and love, they can comfortably do so. Merry Christmas.

Terrorists, Thugs and the King of the Jews

Zack Hunt | Posted 02.10.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

As Christians, we can't preach about the cross as a life-giving moment, while continuing to participate in the same dehumanizing, degrading, and justifying of violence that allowed Rome to nail our Savior to the cross. This must stop.

Ferguson, Staten Island and Golgotha

David Carr | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion
David Carr

The early Jesus movement was almost broken by an ancient, distant parallel to Ferguson or Staten Island. From the vantage point of the Roman Empire, Jesus was seen as a member of a notoriously troublesome and rebellious group. In this way, the historical Jesus was an ancient counterpart to a black man in white America.

The Islamic State: Existential or Exaggerated Danger?

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

The threat of IS may be exaggerated. But if effective action is not taken now, IS will become existential. And that threat will extend far beyond the Middle East.

Firefighters Save Historic Crucifix From Smoldering Remains Of California Church

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.21.2014 | Religion

A fire blazed through a nearly 100-year-old church building in San Jose, California on Sunday. But remarkably, the Catholic congregation’s precio...

Was Jesus' Death an Act of "Empire-Assisted Suicide?"

Christian Piatt | Posted 01.13.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

In case this feels to trite or clinical, consider the reference to war above. In a typical context, anyone would tend to agree that a teenager putting themselves into harm's way, in which death was all but inevitable, would be tragically wrong.

If Time Were an Ocean

Broderick Greer | Posted 11.26.2014 | Religion
Broderick Greer

Michael Brown and I are the same, because if I had been walking down Canfield Drive on August 9, I probably would have been shot dead as well. Because that is the story of our nation

Authentic and False Images of Jesus in Artworks

Bernard Starr | Posted 11.05.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Jesus would likely be horrified by the image of him displaying a crucifix. The only crucifix he ever held was the one he was nailed to in the brutal process of his crucifixion.

Jewish Jesus and Identity Theft in Renaissance Art

Bernard Starr | Posted 10.14.2014 | Arts
Bernard Starr

If you look at Renaissance artworks that depict Jesus, you will not find any evidence of a Jew inside the Christianized Jesus -- even though the Gospels in the New Testament tell us that Jesus was Jewish to the core.