Sunday, February 17, 2008

Paul's spirituality of the Cross

Today I preached at two services with the good folk of Culloden Baptist Church on 1 Cor. 1.10-17 and 1 Cor. 1.18-2.5. In my latter sermon I touched upon the centre of Paul's spirituality and the word of the cross with a quote from by forthcoming Paul book: "The lesson of Paul is that a spirituality that is rooted in anything other than the cross of Christ will inevitably become novel, then triumphalistic, then wishy-washy, then worldly, then trivial, and finally, dead. For Paul, Christian spirituality is not a private matter that takes place in the mental events of our thought-life but it is manifested in action. A spirituality of the cross means not merely wearing a cross but carrying one as well."

1 comment:

newbeginning said...

Mike:

Sounds like two great messages! I emailed Culloden to see if the audio of your messages will be made available online. Loved the quote from your forthcoming book: "A spirituality of the cross means not merely wearing a cross but carrying one as well." How soon will the book be in print? I am giving a series of messages on "Cruciformity (ht to Michael Gorman!) - Lives Shaped by the Cross." Today I spoke from Ephesians 5 on "What would a Cruciform Marriage look like?"