Bad Friday

Today is “Good Friday”… I am in mourning today. I was introduced to the concept of “Bad Friday” a number of months ago, and have decided to adopt it.


The true horror of the cross allows no such shelter, for if considered in itself, it signals the seeming abandonment of God by God… forcing the viewer [of the Passion of the Christ] to think about their response to Christ amidst his absence and in the seeming face of his abandonment by God.”
[Peter Rollins]

Instead of having a Good Friday service, where we celebrate Jesus resurrection, Mars Hill Church had a ‘Bad Friday’ service – a day of mourning, real sadness and rawness and emotion, leaving the tension unresolved until the Easter Sunday service, when they blow the roof off with praise! How much more powerful would it make Easter feel to me or you?

“This is the horror of the cross, not the blood and suffering of an innocent, but the removal of God.”
[Peter Rollins]

I like crookedshores’ thoughts on the subject.

Technorati tags: Easter, Good Friday, Rob Bell, Peter Rollins,
How (Not) To Speak Of God


4 Responses to “Bad Friday”

  1. 1 kathryn April 6, 2007 at 8:22 pm

    i remember the scene in “The Passion of the Christ” where the tear drops were literally falling from Heaven when Jesus died. .

  2. 2 kathryn April 6, 2007 at 8:25 pm

    i read ‘crookedshores’ thoughts and yours from a few months ago. Thanx, Emma for your reverent focus today.

  3. 3 Jimmy McPhee April 7, 2007 at 8:56 pm

    I never read books, it’s not that I’m not interested in other peoples opinions because I am
    I just cannot bring myself to read a book.
    Time for you Emma to quote yourself instead of relying on second hand opinions.
    seek the sourse of original thought to give you a thought that is not second hand.

  4. 4 Bekah April 10, 2007 at 12:20 am

    I love that! Once someone tried to explain good Friday to me when i was young and I looked up at them with the most puzzled look on my face. I just could not figure out why this day would be deemed “good”. I agree… bad Friday is much more suitable!

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