The Jazz Theologian

The Jazz Theologian

“Tragicomic Hope” (p2)

Paul said that he was not ashamed of the gospel.  (Romans 1.16)  At first, it sounds so admirable but why would he be ashamed of the gospel?  Who would be ashamed of good news unless there was something about it that was a little odd.  Simply put, the gospel is a cosmic comedic tragedy.

>>>”The blues is the most profound interpretation of tragicomic hope in


.” Cornel West, Democracy Matters p216<<<

Paul said, “but we preach Christ crucified:  a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles.”  I wish I could preach the gospel like Paul.  I am too good at making it sound attractive.  But have you ever thought about those two words together:  Christ crucified.  How can that be?  Christ—the long awaited, anointed messiah of God—crucified.  Crucified—tortured, disgraced, suffering did nothing—Christ.  No wonder people had a hard time with it.  Jews needed rescuing from the Romans and Christ died at their hands.  The Romans respected power and crushed God with their might.  I wish I could get comfortable at making the gospel as absurd as it really is.


The gospel is a great reversal. 

Up is down. 

Right is left. 

            Death is life.

                        Christ crucified!

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Ted Gossard

posted June 4, 2007 at 4:14 pm

I need to meditate on what you’re saying, but I think you’re right. Somehow we’ve removed or don’t get the offense of the gospel. I need to reflect more on what you say here. Thanks.

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Greg Laughery

posted June 6, 2007 at 11:21 pm

Thanks. The subversive and unattractive character of the gospel needs to be highlighted and preached. The assumption that it is comfortable should be transformed by the reality that it is quite the opposite.

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posted June 9, 2007 at 8:45 am

It’s so unattractive that it is beautiful, isn’t it?
I plan on getting a copy of your book soon.

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