Barth: The Shock of the Cosmos at the Cross of Jesus

Karl Barth on the “reversing of roles” between us and Jesus on the cross that was such an unimaginable, inconceivable feat.  Read this slowly… soberly… yet also joyfully… “…we may think of the darkness which we are told later came down at the hour of Jesus’ death (Mk 15.33), the rending of the veil of…

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Euangelion | Dysangelion (Wisdom from Barth)

“Euangelion” is the English rendering of the Greek term for Gospel.  The “eu-” prefix means “good,” and the latter part of the word means “message.”  The opposite of “eu-” is the prefix “dys-.”  I really enjoy how words work, but I supply the grammatical tidbits for the sake of appreciating these great words from Karl…

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The Gospel is Violent (but let me explain…)

“Gospel” is a violent term.  It is a term of salvation, yes… but also of destruction.  The Gospel announces the arrival of Jesus as Lord.  This arrival comes with the dual role of saving and destroying, for although “the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost” (Lk 19.10), He also came “to…

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