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Christians at the Cross: Finding Hope in the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus

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Anglican bishop N. T. Wright is a respected ecumenical voice among Catholics, Protestants, and Orthodox Christians. When Wright preached to the members of a mining community in northern England who had suffered grievous losses, he reflected on Jesus death and resurrection, encouraging the people to unite their pain with the journey of Christ to the cross. The wisdom of his ...more
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Published January 7th 2008 by Word Among Us Press
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Joel Jackson
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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N. T. Wright weaves beautiful sermons in this brief collection. In meditating upon Holy Week, Wright allows the reading to experience the sorrow of the community at Easington Colliery. In experiencing the community's sorrow, the reader also recalls areas of sorrow and struggle in their own life. In the midst of this sorrow, Wright consistenly points to the hope of the cross and resurrection and how those necessary events interact with our lives today. As the series concludes, Wright reminds Chri ...more
Ben McFarland
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
This little book of sermons was fruitful for me, which is all the more striking because I found this by chance, needing some reading material in a pinch on Good Friday. It's a window into NT Wright's pastoral side: his messages to a neglected community during Holy Week. I'm familiar with the main points of his speaking, but seeing them adapted to a specific group of parishoners brings them alive in a new way. Also, most of these sermons pair a passage from the gospel of John with a passage from ...more
Jeff Bjorgan
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
A book of reflections to be read during Holy Week and based off of sermons that Tom Wright wrote to a community that has gone through hardships. In his typical prose, Wright gives a clear perspective on the purpose of the cross, albeit with a special leaning towards the context of human suffering. A thoughtful read.
Cameron Roxburgh
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
NT Wright always gives fresh insights both into the text and then more so into our lives as we reflect on them through the lens of the text.

A wonderful gift on this Good Friday.
Back in 2007 N.T. Wright visited Easington Colliery a town that has suffered through tragedy and hardship over the years. These eight sermons are what he preached during the Holy Week as he sought to bridge their sadness and fears with the horrors of the Easter story.

Sidenote - his sermons are short.

At first I starting reading to get some ideas for a sermon I was working on. But then I kept on reading as daily reflection in preparation for Easter. Nothing astronomical or radically new, but I app
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a collection of N.T. Wright's sermons, which he delivered over the course of Holy Week at a church in former mining mecca that is slowly turning into a ghost town. These sermons focus on grace through the backdrop of the community's sorrow, decay, and struggle. I actually enjoyed how the power of place intertwined so closely with not only Wright's sermons, but also the lives of the people in attendance. Certainly, his message resonates with readers, too, who are trying to deepen their ex ...more
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wright preached a short sermon each day of Holy Week in Easington Colliery, England, in 2007. I enjoyed his theme throughout: that when we hear the main melody of the story of Jesus, we should also hear the bass line of the Old Testament that grounds the whole thing, and we also hear the tenor and alto lines of the stories of our society and personal lives, respectively. In each of the sermons, focuses on God's redemptive purposes in Christ for the world and specifically for Easington Colliery, ...more
Timothy Maples
Apr 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book was originally a series of Holy Week talks given to a small community whose economic and cultural infrastructure had been decimated. N.T. Wright relates their problems to scripture and gives a much-needed word of hope in Christ. I would recommend this book to anyone suffering through our current economic crisis, especially in hard-hit areas, such as my own Detroit.
Feb 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed this small book of sermons for each day of Holy Week. Wright preached them at a town in England that had been devastated by the coal mines closing. The sermons focus on bringing our own stories of suffering and grief within the story of Jesus' suffering, and thus finding healing. It is a wonderful and helpful book for Lent and Holy Week. ...more
Jean Marie Angelo
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
A slim volume of sermons that focus on Holy Week. The author compares Jesus' trials with the losses in an English mining town. Certainly an effective way of teaching the relevance of scripture in ours lives. ...more
Mar 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Great Holy Week devotional.
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N. T. Wright is the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England (2003-2010) and one of the world's leading Bible scholars. He is now serving as the chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews. He has been featured on ABC News, Dateline NBC, The Colbert Report, and Fresh Air, and he has taught New Testament studies at Cambridge, McGi ...more

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“I am convinced that when we bring our griefs and sorrows within the story of God's own grief and sorrow, and allow them to be held there, God is able to bring healing to us ans new possibilities to our lives. That is, of course, what Good Friday and Easter are all about” 4 likes
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