The Cross and God's Love

William C. Brownson Uncategorized

READ : Romans 5:6-8 While we were yet helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Why, one will hardly die for a righteous man – though perhaps for a good man one will dare even to die. But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Romans 5:6-8, RSV Letters keep coming to us at Words of Hope from suffering, struggling people. Some are heart-wrenching to read. I’m …

The Cross and God's Providence

William C. Brownson Uncategorized

READ : Acts 2:23 Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs which God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know – this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. But God raised him up, having loosed the pangs of death, because it was not possible for …

The Cross and God's Justice

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READ : Romans 3:24-26 Whom God put forward as an expiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins; it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies him who has faith in Jesus. Romans 3:25,26 RSV I once attended an art appreciation seminar in which we studied Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Like …

The Cross: God's Magnet

William C. Brownson Uncategorized

READ : John 12:32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself. John 12:32 RSV “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” Of all the claims that Jesus Christ made for Himself, this is surely one of the most astonishing. The wonder is not simply in the thought that He will dramatically influence the entire human race. Jesus says further that He will …

The Cross: A Stumbling Block

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READ : 1 Corinthians 1:23 But we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles. 1 Corinthians 1:23 RSV We’ve been thinking for these past few weeks about the message of the Cross, the preaching of Jesus Christ crucified. I wonder if any of us recognizes fully what an extraordinary message that is and what a miracle it was that it ever got a hearing in the first-century Roman empire. I say that because to almost …

The Cross: A Foolish Message

William C. Brownson Uncategorized

READ : 1 Corinthians 1:23 But we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles. 1 Corinthians 1:23 RSV I’m thinking today of a passage from the Bible which for many years has shaped my outlook and directed my life work. When I was a young seminary graduate, newly installed in my first church, I preached my beginning sermon on this text. About six years later when I came to leave that congregation, it was the …