This public conversation took place on Friday, April 28, 2017 at Alfred Street Baptist Church alongside our third North American gathering, Awakenings: The Mission of the Spirit as the Life of the Church. This resource features talks by Greg Boyd, N.T. Wright, Ruth Padilla DeBorst as well as a questions and answer session following the presentations.
In this special event, joined by special guest, Ruth Padilla DeBorst, N.T. Wright and Greg Boyd came together to discuss their recently released books on the cross. Both authors have spent recent years focusing on the crucifixion of Jesus and have written books that help us revisit the full impact of this in light of Scripture and expounding on its significant for the life, witness, and mission of the Church.
For Wright, the result is The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus’s Crucifixion. In it, Wright goes to great lengths to demonstrate how our current popular understanding of Jesus’ death is rooted in the problems of the Reformation world. Delving into the first-century Jewish mind, Wright proposes a more ancient understanding of why Jesus died within the scope of the drama of Scripture.
Boyd is the author of The Crucifixion of the Warrior God: The Cross of Christ and the Revelation of God. The book addresses the tension that confronts every Christian believer between the images of violence in scripture, Jesus teachings against violence and his sacrificial death.
Both authors have offered the Church a profound opportunity to rethink and reclaim vital aspects Jesus’ death on the cross and their implications for the life and witness of believers and the Church.