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Cross Centered

Mar 19 2017 • Bruxy Cavey, Greg Boyd

The violence in the Old Testament is a huge barrier to people understanding the true character of God. Jesus most perfectly represents what God is like, but how can we imagine Jesus doing some of the nasty things in the Old Testament? Greg, our senior pastor, has spent nearly a decade wrestling with this dilemma and wrote a book about it that will be released in April. Not everyone will agree with it, but during our Cross Centered series he’ll offer his proposal with the hope that all of us go away with a clearer picture of God and his infinite love for us.

Sermons in this series:


The Word of God in Print and in Person

• Bruxy Cavey

How are other pastors and church leaders responding to Greg's proposal for interpreting the violence of God in the Old Testament? In this sermon, we get to hear from the perspective of Bruxy Cavey, pastor of The Meeting House in Toronto, Canada. He summarizes his interpretation of Greg's writings, and offers his take.  

Topics: Controversial Issues, Non-Violence


Cross Centered Q&A

• Bruxy Cavey, Dennis Edwards, Greg Boyd

To finish our Cross Centered sermon series we held a Q&A night on Sunday, April 9th. It was hosted by Greg Boyd, Dennis Edwards and Bruxy Cavey. It was a Q&A on the topics relating to Cross Centered, and to Greg’s new book, Crucifixion of the Warrior God.

Topics: Interpreting OT through the lens of the Cross


The Non-Violent Warrior

• Greg Boyd

If we read the Old Testament assuming that it all is about the cross of Christ, then we can see how God stooped to the level of the cultural conditioning of the Old Testament authors to allow himself to be portrayed as violent. In addition, when we read carefully, we can actually see, within the passages of violence themselves, the nonviolent character of God breaking through.

Topics: Judgment, Non-Violence, Problem of Evil


The Heavenly Missionary

• Greg Boyd

God is a God who stoops down, out of love, in order to meet people where they are. He is a heavenly missionary who accommodates that which he is against in order to win people over to the truth. This metaphor of a heavenly missionary helps us understand what God was doing when we read about the violent depictions of God in the Old Testament.

Topics: Controversial Issues, Non-Violence


Something Else is Going On

• Greg Boyd

The Old Testament often portrays God as either doing, commanding, or threatening violence. For many, this is a huge problem because these depictions contradict the way Jesus lived and commanded. What are we to do with this contradiction? In this sermon, Greg invites us to see that there is something else going in these portrayals of violence, and we can only see this something else when we understand what was going on when Jesus died on the cross.  

Topics: Controversial Issues, Love, Non-Violence


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