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The buried body

Years ago when I first read Alan Lewis’s magisterial Between Cross and Resurrection I remember thinking that the section on ecclesiology was kind of thin. Re-reading it now I can’t imagine being more wrong. The book is so breathtakingly alive with insight into the nature and mission of the church in the world; indeed I’m […]

The Prayer of Holy Saturday

Triune God, who loves in freedom and hast chosen us from all eternity to be your creatures and your partners: in humility majestic and in powerlessness almighty, you have made our humanity your own.  In Jesus, you came closer to us than we are to ourselves, yet more like us though so greatly different from […]

A very different power

This is one of my favorite quotes from Alan Lewis’s superb book, Between Cross and Resurrection. I figured it was definitely worth reposting this week: It is a very different God, and a very different power, that we have discovered in the story of divine self-emptying, God’s capacity for weakness, the ability - without loss of Godness […]

The new and alien kingdom

Sean the Baptist pulls out some great quotes from one of my all-time favorite books, Between Cross and Resurrection, by Alan Lewis. They simply must be re-posted: “What frightens and frees us simultaneously about this new and alien kingdom of God which Jesus preached and told of is the simple fact that it is God’s […]

The Prayer of Holy Saturday

Triune God, who loves in freedom and hast chosen us from all eternity to be your creatures and your partners: in humility majestic and in powerlessness almighty, you have made our humanity your own.  In Jesus, you came closer to us than we are to ourselves, yet more like us though so greatly different from […]

The Politics of Surrender

In current American political discourse the rhetoric of hope, change, peace, and justice is ubiquitous. Of course, the irony of it all is that this source of rhetoric is consistently deployed as a weapon, both rhetorically and physically. The language of hope, justice, and peace is everywhere, but it is always a venture toward victory […]

Mutual Inequality

In a previous post the issue of Jesus’ opposition to patriarchy and pyramidal hierarchies the issue was raised of how the order of the kingdom interrupts and overturns oppressive social conventions. Does the order proclaimed by Jesus and witnessed to in the church supplant hierarchical social orders of oppression with new social orders of egalitarian […]

Balthasar at the Center

Two of my favorite books, as I’ve mentioned many times are David Bentley Hart’s The Beauty of the Infinite and Alan Lewis’ Between Cross and Resurrection. And, in terms of theological conclusions, you would be hard-pressed to find two books that come to more radically different conclusions. Lewis’ study is a bold attempt to seriously […]

The Powerlessness That Must be Silenced

Well, I should be reading some of the new and excellent books that I have sitting about my room right now such as J. Kameron Carter’s Race: A Theological Account or Ted Smith’s The New Measures. Soon enough. For now I’m still re-reading some old favorites, namely Hart’s The Beauty of the Infinite and Alan […]

The Freedom that Can do no Other

Recently Paul Molnar and I debated a bit about the nature of divine freedom. I think Alan Lewis puts the issue perfectly in his amazing book, Between Cross and Resurrection: “God is free, not as one who could do otherwise, but as the one above all who can do no other. Self-bound to one sole […]

The Best Theologian-Writer?

One of the wonderful things that is a sad rarity in reading theology is to find a theologian who is also an excellent writer.  Sadly the greatest of theologians are often some of the worst writers you’ll ever read.  I remember my glee in reading Alan Lewis’ wonderful book Between Cross and Resurrection because not […]

Self-Abandonment, Prayer, and Power

“What is the point of praying to the God of the cross whose power and wisdom are only those of impotence and foolishness?  The answer, surely, as discomforting as it is hopeful, makes costly demands even as it liberates.  For if the surrender of power is the form, and the only form, that God’s power […]

Between Cross & Resurrection: A Review

This is a modifed version of a review that I wrote on Amazon some time ago. As we are now entering Holy Week, I thought it was a fitting time for such a post. Let me just lay my cards on the table and say up front that Between Cross and Resurrection, remains one of […]

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