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Happily it’s Friday again. Especially happy for all of you who’ve taken the day off to make it a four day weekend (I didn’t even take yesterday off, but I’m happy nonetheless). Things seemed a bit quiet on the blogosphere this week, or perhaps I was too busy doing other things (did I mention my sister got married on the weekend). Still, I’ve got a bit of a theme this week: sacrifice.

On Anzac Day

McCrindle Anzac day: Second only to Christmas. That’s right 30% of Australians feel that Anzac Day is the most meaningful public holiday to them.

Stanley Hauerwas Telling the truth about the sacrifices of war

The sacrifices of war are undeniable. But in the cross of Christ, the Father has forever ended our attempts to sacrifice to God in terms set by the city of man. We – that is, we Christians – have now been incorporated into Christ’s sacrifice for the world so that the world no longer needs to make sacrifices for tribe or state, or even humanity. Constituted by the body and blood of Christ we participate in God’s Kingdom so that the world may know that we, the church of Jesus Christ, are the end of sacrifice.

Nicholas Herriman gives us an anthropologist’s view of Anzac Day – Is Anzac Day really unique?

On the atonement

John Goldingay Sacrifice and the death of Christ

Seeing the way the relationship between God and Israel worked helps us see why the cross was necessary. Through God’s life with Israel God was paying the price for that relationship, making the sacrifices to keep it going. God’s people keep doing their worst to God, so eventually God paid the ultimate price for them. God showed that even killing God cannot put God off from relating to them. God will just come back from the dead.

Scot McKnight Centre of atonement

On atheism

Scott Stephens Can a religious believer be a serious journalist? Richard Dawkins and the unbearable smugness of tweeting

On maturity

Mike Wanted: adult faith in a youth culture

I’m done with an approach to the faith that flies by the seat of its pants and calls it “spiritual.” Gatherings that feel like pep rallies, youth conventions, or pop concerts hold no appeal. I need to be humbled, not enthused.

On sexuality

Mary DeMuth I’m sick of hearing about your smoking hot wife

There’s been an interesting series on sexuality and the Christian body over at Rachel Held Evans’ blog by Richard Beck. Part 2 is Grace and Election.

Our bodies are not our own. They are “community property.” I share my body with my wife. And it doesn’t end there. My body belongs to the community of faith. I don’t wholly control my own time, money, efforts, or talent. The community has a claim on me. Ultimately, because these loves–for my wife and for the world–are simply reflections of my love for God. As Paul writes: “You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”…

God’s marriage to his people is what makes sense of human marriage… God’s grace is experienced in God’s own choosing of a people. God chooses Israel to be his bride. And in this choice Israel is found to be an occasion of joy. Israel experiences God’s grace.

Rowan William’s essay, which inspired all this, is The Body’s Grace.

On a very hungry caterpillar

Tomcat The very hungry caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a phantasmagoric bodyshock horror story that focuses on the tenets of extreme gluttony and one creature’s psycho-compulsive desire to consume the world around him.

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