Friday, April 06, 2007

Preaching the Cross

Whether it's Good Friday, a Sunday, or another day, preaching the cross is a challenge. The challenge I am thinking about is the many ways that the cross can be preached. Some of my sermon titles from Good Friday sermons illustrate this (these titles are meant to be explanatory and were not put in any bulletin).

1995 The Sacrificial Love of the Atonement
1996 The Completed Work of Christ
1997 Reconciliation to God
1998 The Final Sacrifice
1999 The Glory of the Cross
2002 The Cross at the Center
2003 The Healing Cross
2005 Obedience to His Father
2006 A Band of Crucified Followers
2007 The Love of God in the Cross

A short book that I have found helpful as a sermon starter for sermons on the cross is John Piper's The Passion of Christ. In it, Piper offers 50 ways to preach on the cross. Another book that I have found helpful in terms of a variety of approaches to the cross is The Gate of Glory by George Carey. Any other recommendations?

Some Theological Works on the Cross

John Stott, The Cross of Christ
Leon Morris, The Atonement
Jurgen Moltmann, The Crucified God


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