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Thank God It's Friday: Encountering the Seven Last Words from the Cross

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Christ's seven last words from the cross have long been a source of reflection, challenge, and soul-searching. These simple statements contain the full range of human emotions and divine self-revelation: grief, compassion, despair, forgiveness, physical need, the promise of redemption. In many ways they embody the core of the gospel. In this brief book one of today's most ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Abingdon Press
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Rick Lee James
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Meditations For Good Friday

William Willimon never fails to be excellent in his writing. This book is the perfect companion for Good Friday. Reflecting on the 7 last words of Jesus, Willimon shows us the picture not if a far off, aloof, pie in the sky diety, rather we see a God who comes near to our mess, dives in the midst of it, suffers our pains, bears our insults, and died our death at our hands and then shows us how to be people of forgiveness. I read this book all in one sitting a
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I don't think this subject matter, the crucifixion, is something I enjoy, but I heard the author speak and thought he had a refreshing outlook and I wanted to start reading his books. A colleague suggested this as a starting place because it is Lent. The sayings from the cross are enlightening, even if I don't relish thinking deeply about Christ's suffering on the cross.
Lori Schwilling
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I used this book as a starting point for the Lenten sermon series. Willimon's insights deepened our congregation's Lenten journey. I highly recommend it.
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Finished this for the Lent 2016. This is a very good book on the last seven words on the cross. Great reflection and meditation from Willimon, full of insights from a pastoral heart.
Brandon Wilkins
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A helpful book on the seven words of Christ from the cross. Each saying gets a chapter. And Willimon offers meaningful insight into each one in his own instructive and witty style.
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The Reverend Dr. William H. Willimon is Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at the Divinity School, Duke University. He served eight years as Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist Church, where he led the 157,000 Methodists and 792 pastors in North Alabama. For twenty years prior to the episcopacy, he was Dean of the Chapel and Professor of Christian Ministry a ...more
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“Despite our earnest efforts, we couldn't climb all the way up to God. So what did God do? In an amazing act of condescension, on Good Friday, God climbed down to us, became one with us. The story of divine condescension begins on Christmas and ends on Good Friday. We thought, if there is to be business between us and God, we must somehow get up to God. Then God came down, down to the level of the cross, all the way down to the depths of hell. He who knew not sin took on our sin so that we might be free of it. God still stoops, in your life and mine, condescends. “Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?” he asked his disciples, before his way up Golgotha. Our answer is an obvious, “No!” His cup is not only the cup of crucifixion and death, it is the bloody, bloody cup that one must drink if one is going to get mixed up in us. Any God who would wander into the human condition, any God who has this thirst to pursue us, had better not be too put off by pain, for that's the way we tend to treat our saviors. Any God who tries to love us had better be ready to die for it. As Chesterton writes, “Any man who preaches real love is bound to beget hate … Real love has always ended in bloodshed.” 4 likes
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