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It really is Good Friday

The glory of God that calls forth our worship is not God’s absoluteness, that is, not an identity perfected by secure possession of it. God is not God because God holds the divine identity and does not let anyone else have it. That is the mark of Satan. God is God because God shares that identity, the Father with the Son, and through the Son the Father with us. Here is a very different image of the meaning of God as the foundation of the universe and, therefore, of our own lives. God then is the power to communicate life. God’s will is the will to communicate life. In this regard we believe that Jesus in his dying is doing God’s will and is revealing God’s wonderfulness. Therefore, it really is Good Friday! You don’t have to wait for Sunday; it’s really Good Friday. There are dreadful aspects, the human barbarity, but these dreadful aspects are not at the center. And to us the Eucharist, the bread and wine which we eat and drink, represents to us Christ’s death as life-giving, self-giving expenditure. That is why in our communities we eat to represent his death.

Arthur McGill, Death and Life: An American Theology, 78.


  1. Bobby Grow wrote:

    Great quote, from McGill.

    Still glad you referred me to McGill, I’m constantly going back to this little book for encouragement and perspective.

    Happy Good Friday!

    Friday, April 2, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Permalink
  2. Josh Rowley wrote:

    Yes, it really is Good Friday; but I doubt we’d know it if we were not looking back at it on this side of Easter Sunday.

    Friday, April 2, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Permalink
  3. John wrote:

    This is what you are celebrating as “good news”.
    Remember that at the time this splatter snuff-flick was touted as a great missionary tool.

    Remember too, that all art is a biographical statement re the condition of the author who created it, and a description of the human culture in which the author lives. And in this case of the “culture” (of death and suffering) created in the shadow or likeness of such (in this case) dreadful imagery.

    Friday, April 2, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Permalink
  4. Bobby Grow wrote:


    Go read I Corinthians 1:18-25, and get back to us. Btw, I don’t remember McGill ever referencing the Passion by are buddy Mel; which field did you come out of? Right or left.

    Friday, April 2, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Permalink
  5. phynx wrote:

    Yes it is really good for me,

    Sunday, April 4, 2010 at 1:33 am | Permalink

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