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Blog Archives: April 2017

The Dawning Light of Redemption

April 27, 2017
Chris Castaldo
Let’s face it, we naturally find the crucifixion of Jesus repulsive. After all, who enjoys pain, abandonment, and despair? In the words of Jürgen Moltmann, the Cross is a “profane horror.” Perhaps this is why Moltmann says in the first sentence of his work The Crucified God, “The cross is not and cannot be loved.” There is, however, reason to love the Cross. It comes by considering the crucifixion from the vantage point of heaven, that is, by acquiring the Father’s perspective on his Son’s death. When we see what God saw, and understand its ...

Talking with Nominals about the Gospel

April 20, 2017
Chris Castaldo
The homemade cannoli and Napoletani rivaled the artistry of the Sistine Chapel. And the coffee—mama mia! Since Rosa’s café, located in downtown Bologna, was merely a bocce ball roll from my residence, I visited often. Her congenial personality made it easy to broach the subject of God, which I did after the third visit. In between sips of espresso, I asked Rosa how Italians experience their relationship with Jesus. Her answer was fascinating: “My spiritual beliefs are private.” “The Bible I no believe because it was written by men.” ...

My Song Is Love Unknown

April 13, 2017
Chris Castaldo
It will soon be Good Friday, a time to read Scripture, poetry, hymns, and events from church history that probe into the wonder of Jesus’ cross. One of my favorite poems is one that we’re planning to sing on Friday evening at New Covenant Church, My Song is Love Unknown. Let the lyrics sink into your soul and remind you of the inexplicable love that defines this week. My song is love unknown, My Savior’s love to me; Love to the loveless shown, That they might lovely be. O who am I, That for my sake My Lord should take Frail flesh, and ...

Hope in the Shadowlands

April 05, 2017
Chris Castaldo
Having begun his professional life believing in the promise of communism, British journalist Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990) abandoned his utopian dream in the 1930s. Coming to Christ in 1969, he emerged as a cultural critic who saw groundless vanity in suggestions that human achievement or human error could save or ruin everything. Lord Jesus was the glorious, redemptive constant, a truth often recognized only when all else failed. In the inaugural address of The Pascal Lectures on Christianity and the University, given at the University of ...