Christian Worldview Minyan with Steve Clemons
Tuesday evenings 7 – 8.30 pm
January 10th – February 28th, 2017
Christie House Library
THE CROSS IS BIGGER THAN YOU THINK
The Day the Revolution Began, Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus’ Crucifixion
By N.T. Wright
What happened on the first Good Friday? Why does it matter?
A new Minyan starting in January will probe these questions with Prof Wright’s latest book and online lecture series. The issue about what happened at six o’clock on a late Friday afternoon in Jerusalem is not new to many Christians – but that is just the point – many of us have settled for a simplistic caricature of what the cross and Jesus’ crucifixion was about. It may not be deliberately preached in this way, but what many hear when “atonement” is mentioned is something narrow, individualistic, and troubling. Prof. Wright puts it like this, “the cross has to be more than ‘I’ve been bad, God was going to punish me, but he punished Jesus instead so now it’s alright and I can go to heaven, can’t I?”
In this new Minyan, we will trace the puzzle of the cross through history, following its development from a brutal symbol of political oppression to a radical symbol of Christian hope, and on to the complex varied meaning it can have today. In the New Testament, we see expectations of a Messiah but in this Minyan, we will dive deep in the New Testament to explore how Jesus understood his own death to be the marking a new Exodus: a defeat of the powers and their grip on humanity, a victory won through God’s radical selfless love.
At the end of the Minyan, we will discuss Wright’s challenge for the Church to be ‘Passover people’ who live in light of the revolution that began on Good Friday. Not simply waiting for heaven, but recognizing that the world is now a tangibly different place, and those who are “in the Messiah” are tangibly different people because after 6 pm on the first Good Friday, the world became a very different place.
This Minyan is open to all who want to learn and apply the meaning of the Cross. Our first meeting will be on Tuesday, January 10th from 7.00- 8.30 pm and will continue for about eight weeks. In each session, we will begin with Prof. Wright’s lecture and then use the remaining time to discuss the presentation and the corresponding chapters in his book.