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Hauerwas: Cross-Shattered Christ

For this season of Lent, I’m adding Stanley HauerwasCross-Shattered Christ: Meditations on the Seven Last Words to my devotions. It’s available in digital formats, which is nice. For those of you that know Hauerwas, you don’t know this Hauerwas. For these meditations he’s swapped out his usual wit and grittiness for thoughtfulness, but he is still able to strikingly challenge our thinking about the Trinity and atonement. While Hauerwas is unapologetically a theologian, he confesses rightly that “theology is a servant discipline in the church.” In these meditations, he serves the church well. Here’s a little excerpt:

Is it any wonder we find Good Friday so shattering? On this day and with these words, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing,” all our presumptions about God and the salvation wrought by God are rendered presumptuous. Moreover, that is how we discover that what happens on the cross really is about us, but the “what” that is about us challenges our presumptions about what kind of salvation we need. Through the cross of Christ we are drawn into the mystery of the Trinity. This is God’s work on our behalf. We are made members of a kingdom governed by a politics of forgiveness and redemption. The world is offered an alternative unimaginable by our sin-determined fantasies.

Peace to your soul!†

-Ric