Three crosses

Religion | Lessons from a dying brigand
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 3/26/20, 02:03 pm

One cross saves. But there were three on the hill, and whenever the One is depicted at Golgotha, artists’ renderings show three. For 2,000 years of Christian art, it is put in our faces: two brigands crucified with Christ, one on the left and another on the right.

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Illustration by Daniel Hertzberg

On the Augustinian road

Q&A | How an ancient text applies to our modern lives
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 3/12/20, 03:32 pm

Calvin College professor James K.A. Smith, 49, grew up in Canada and recently became a U.S. citizen. He is the author of numerous books, including You Are What You Love, Awaiting the King, and (in 2019) On the Road With Saint Augustine: A Real-World Spirituality for Restless Hearts. Here are edited excerpts of our discussion. 

You’ve written that you’ve been estranged from your dad since you were 13, and haven’t seen him for 28 years. Your stepfather also disappeared. What effect did that have on you?

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Theology | No scheme undoes God’s plans
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 2/27/20, 04:21 pm

Pity King Balak of Moab. Nothing he tried worked. His prophet-for-hire Balaam had an easy enough gig: stand at the top of a hill and curse a million Israelites spread out below, lest they “lick up all that is around us, as the ox licks up the grass of the field” (Numbers 22:4). But the prophet opened his mouth, and blessings came out instead of curses.

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