Examining the Story of the Cross, Part VI: The Enigma Called Judas

Column by Bishop John Shelby Spong on April, 14 2011

The anti-hero of the Christian story in general and of the crucifixion story in particular is one who is known as Judas Iscariot. Scorn and ridicule have been heaped …

Examining the Meaning of the Cross, Part IV: The Symbols of the Hebrew Scriptures in the Crucifixion

Column by Bishop John Shelby Spong on March, 24 2011

The first narrative account of Jesus’ crucifixion in the Bible is found in the gospel of Mark written some 40-43 years, or approximately two generations, after the events it …

Examining the Story of the Cross, Part III: There Never Were “Seven Last Words” From the Cross

Column by Bishop John Shelby Spong on March, 17 2011

One of the most dramatic services of Holy Week for me has always been the Good Friday “Three Hour Service.”  It was designed to enable Christian worshipers in some …

Examining the Story of the Cross, Part II: Did the Crucifixion of Jesus Occur at Passover?

Column by Bishop John Shelby Spong on March, 9 2011

It is a common assumption that the crucifixion of Jesus took place in the context of the Jewish observance of Passover.  That is certainly the point of view developed …

Examining the Story of the Cross, Part I: Analyzing the Details of the Crucifixion

Column by Bishop John Shelby Spong on March, 3 2011

In a few weeks the Christian world will enter the season of Lent that culminates with Holy Week and the liturgical reading of the Passion narrative of Jesus’ crucifixion.  …

Biblical Ignorance in Public Life

Column by Bishop John Shelby Spong on January, 19 2011

One of the things I look for in my elected representatives in government is that they understand the issues on which they speak with some level of competence. When …

Joseph – An Essential Character in Matthew’s Vision of Jesus

Column by Bishop John Shelby Spong on January, 5 2011

Christmas has faded from our memory.  The trees are down, the tinsel and the chaos of the day have been cleared away.  The crèche scenes have been stored …

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