Last year about this time, Jennifer and I watched a movie called Risen about the aftermath of the Crucifixion. The film turned out to be ... Read More
Today I share with you the second half of a discussion I had recently with Danny Bryant, pastor of St. Mary of Bethany Anglican Parish, and Steve Guthrie, professor of Religion and the Arts at Belmont University.
Our discussion centered around the question, “Can we call the crucifixion beautiful?” When the three of us first convened, we came to the conclusion that we have much to learn by answering “yes” as well as “no.” In this portion of our discussion, we explore contemporary equivalents of Ancient Roman crucifixion as an expression of political power as well as God’s fondness of subverting human power plays.
It is my hope that this discussion can shed light on the significance of Jesus’ death as we anticipate his resurrection on Easter morning.