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3.25.2005    |    For our sins he bleeds
Good Friday; the second day of the three holy days culminating in the joy of Easter.  While Mel Gibson's images of the Passion of the Christ (the original or Recut) may be upsetting to those who prefer to avert their eyes from suffering, I still stand with His Holiness John Paul II as regards this amazing, powerful film:
It is as it was
"Good" Friday's name used to puzzle me. What could be good about the heinous torture of the fully human Christ? Took me awhile, as it might for others, but that heinous torture was necessary for the Father to put paid our sins in the death of His Son. Good Friday is good, as it was a necessary precursor for the joy of Easter morn.

As for now, Good Friday, it is done.

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

Final note: I also blog as Jack Rich on cultural, political and other things over at Wrong Side of the Tracks

Thanks for stopping by.