Scrubbing the stains
Some Christian theologians believe God sent his son into the world to preach and be crucified. His resurrection would give humanity a chance to reconcile with the divine.
Others say God sent Jesus to teach people new ways. But those very people, being self-interested and sinful, took it upon themselves to kill him.
Either way, Slawson says, it took the Crucifixion to reignite life.
“Without his death and resurrection, there would not be this community of faith we call Christianity,” he says. The parish he leads is a little like that. He had served in Mississippi for nearly 30 years, half that time as a rector growing a parish in Jackson, when he got a call from an old friend, the Right Rev. Joe Burnett,