Over time the horrific and offensive nature of the cross has faded from view. Now we display them on our walls and wear them around our necks. But there was a time when the word was avoided because it brought up too many disturbing ideas.
So what does it mean when Jesus says we cannot be his disciple (apprentice, pupil, follower) unless we carry one? Further, why can’t we follow him unless we “hate” our family? Is he being literal? What does it all mean?
This is what I explore in this sermon called The Way of the Cross, No Matter the Cost.
[Note: The bonus “growing deeper” content for this same text, where I present more in-depth background material can be accessed here.]
There was an issue with the YouTube live stream on Sunday, February 28, 2021, so this week there is no video, but the audio version of the complete message is here: