Lent 2 & 3

Feb 24 & March 3
In both these sermons I see the texts addressing our social context and we read our own responses within that framework.
What is lament (130224) if it is not an expression of the way things are and how we corporately try to find our way out.
And again today (130303) we buy in so readily to the blame game and the populist approach of the media to our social ills.
Scapegoating has been a mark of most societies and the cross is often interpreted in that light, but I find following R Girard and others that the cross undoes the scapegoat in the first instant – the penal substitutionary theory cannot stand before it. In each proclamation I point to scapegoats without naming them as such.

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