Every few months I get the opportunity to teach a class on Biblical and Theological perspectives for understanding human personhood. For me, this means we have to talk about relationships since human personhood is fundamentally relational.
I get the opportunity to teach L. Gregory Jones' text entitled Embodying Forgiveness.
Jones argues that violence does not have to be our master. He articulates a cruciform way of discerning the world, whereby we understand that God in the person of Jesus offers an example of how to make forgiveness happen. This forgiveness is not cheap or "therapeutic" but "costs" Jesus something, and costs us something too.
Perhaps I will have more to say about it later.
We need more models and better models of embodied forgivness. We need exemplars of how to overcome the patterns of violence in our world.
~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.