The God of the cross is a God who suffers. He suffers with us, and shares the shock and pain of human experience. Our neighbourhood spires tell the story that in Christ, God moved into our neighbourhood and into the pains and sorrows of our world.
Is it possible to gain clarity amidst all the voices and opinions? Much of our success in engaging our culture with the gospel will rely on how well we are engaged with the gospel ourselves and how engaging we are with our culture.
Paul gives us an image of broken people, being held together not by the most precious metal of the earth, but by the most precious blood of heaven, poured out on our behalf, that we might be forgiven and have peace with God again.