With Easter fast approaching, we thought it was about time we had a fresh look at the central symbol of our faith, the cross. So we hit the road, along with musician David Benjamin Blower, and headed off to Tom Wright’s house in Scotland. We asked Tom how through the cross Jesus’s revolution began, and why after 2000 year does it often look like the revolution is struggling to transform the world. 


I highly recommend Tom’s book The Day the Revolution Began. But seriously, there’s so many of his books that are must reads. If you want something at a more popular level, then I’d recommend his New Testament commentary series. It’s a very easy read, but packed full of characteristic insight and challenge.

David Benjamin Blower’s album The Book of Jonah is available from Minor Artists and Bandcamp. And make sure you also grab a copy of the accompanying book Sympathy for Jonah.

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4 comments on “Nomad 124: Tom Wright – The Day the Revolution Began

  1. To be in Christ is to obey him, to obey him requires faith in him. But to have faithful obedience is to commit suicide, that is an ego death, a self empting, a detachment from the desires in our bodies. This may mean we allow others to kill us for Christ’s sake as Stephen demonstrated. It may require a literal interpretation of gouging out our eyes, cutting off our hands, or our stones. Truly a faithful obedience, unlike the faith taught be what we see today. We do have a helper , if only we would remember to pray for his assistance when temptation becomes strong, deceiving us. That deception can be very powerful, so it truly does require practice, and for some, it may require extreme faithful measures, whom we ought to commend, not mock or criticize, as is the cultural norm today.

    Rom. 7:11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.

    So, when we are in Christ (faithful obedience), we kill the sin in us, and when that sin is dead, we become alive in Christ. To be alive in Christ is a present moment state, that has to constantly be within our Awareness and Attention. Allow weight lifting as an analogy, we are given enough weight (temptation) just beyond our ability to lift, but Christ has given us a spotter, the Holy Spirit, who helps us just enough, to get that weight off our chest, as we practice, with help we become stronger. We also need each other’s help.

    That is why I believe Christ had to die for us, so that the spirit in him would be poured out to help us all. The two goats are one, the slaughtered goat is the “death to self” the goat made to wander, with sin is the devil, death, sin that lives within us as long as we are alive in our current bodies, but dead to sin in Christ. We are as Christ was on the cross, outside the camp accursed until our current bodies dies, or Christ, our head, returns.

    Reread Romans 6,7,&8.

  2. Bought the new David Benjamin Blower Album and I love it.

    Wright and Alastair McIntosh play their parts superbly. And David’s work definitely helps open my imagination to experience the New Creation.