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Making Sense of the Cross
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By Rachel Ruhlen

My bicycle is our second car. I love to bicycle in all weather, for all distances, and on all routes. Bicycling has brought so much joy to my life, and I want to share it with anyone who is interested. I will use my soapbox to tell you about the ...

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My bicycle is our second car. I love to bicycle in all weather, for all distances, and on all routes. Bicycling has brought so much joy to my life, and I want to share it with anyone who is interested. I will use my soapbox to tell you about the joys, the freedom, the benefits, and, yes, the challenges of bicycling and walking for transportation.

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In our book study at St. Olaf Lutheran Church for Lent our pastor introduced us to the theologian David J. Lose. In our six week study of Lose's book, Making Sense of the Cross, we have first watched a video each week where Lose speaks about each chapter, then entered into discussion of the book. The book is written as if the author, or speaker is having a dialogue with another individual and they discuss different views or approaches to God, Jesus and the cross.



At first it was difficult for me to get engaged by the back and forth dialogue but I enjoyed learning about the theories of Anselm and Abelard about atonement and how those theories have come into and gone out of popularity. When all was said and done, the book did spark some good discussion and I couldn't help but wonder where each one of us is in all of this talk about the cross and atonement and where does the Holy Spirit enter into the experience of making sense of the cross. It's a good topic for Lent and Holy Week and Easter.



Following the book study we would gather upstairs in the church for Holden Evening Prayer. What a beautiful service that is! The music is absolutely lovely!



Whenever things get tense or hectic lately, I find myself humming a line or two from it. When I find it hard to get to sleep and worries crowd into my mind, if I can focus on recalling the music and the words it helps me to relax and drift off.



Hope you have a good Holy Week and a wonderful Easter.

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