About the author

Name: Malcolm Rogers

 Chaplain of St Andrews Anglican Church in Moscow, Russia, and the Archbishop of Canterbury's representative to His Holiness Kiril, the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia

About me: I am 58, married to Alison. We have three grown up sons. I've been a vicar for 32 years, and I've worked in churches in Ipswich, St Petersburg (Russia), Islington (London), Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk and for the last three years in Moscow.

I have been a follower of the Lord Jesus for all of my life. My roots are in the evangelical tradition, but I have been influenced by the 2 years that my wife and I spent in 1993-1995 at an Orthodox theological college in Russia, where we had been sent by the Church Mission Society to develop relationships with the Russian Orthodox Church. I seek to be faithful in my teaching to what the Bible teaches and to what the Church has taught. I long to see the name of God and his Son Jesus Christ honoured in this world, with people turning to him in repentance and faith, discovering a relationship with God, forgiveness and new life and the glorious destiny that can be theirs.

I have come to treasure the simple prayers that Christians have prayed since the earliest days, most notably the Lord's Prayer:

Our Father in heaven
Hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. 
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are Yours,
now and for ever, Amen.

and the Jesus prayer:  

Lord Jesus Christ, 

Son of God, 
have mercy on me,
a sinner.

These are not only prayers to be said, but they set out a relationship to be lived, and an agenda for life. 

I call this blog cross and resurrection because I have a political agenda:

Our lives are shaped by the stories that we hear. The story of Jesus Christ, his death on a cross and his resurrection, is a story which has, for many centuries, been at the heart of the UK and other Western nations. Today, many people do not know that story, and it would be hard to find any other single story which we can agree on to replace it. We are each invited to choose our own. And if there is no common story there is a danger that increasingly there will be fewer shared values, and ultimately social disintegration. 

I pray that Christian believers will tell the story of Jesus with a renewed conviction, authority and zeal; that the story might be told and retold and celebrated, in our homes, schools and institutions, and that it will shape our attitude to this world, to each other, to ourselves and to God.

The story of Jesus' cross and resurrection is one which is worthy of being at the centre of national life, even if many treat it as a fable rather than historical truth. It speaks of the astonishing dignity and worth of each individual person, that each person matters and has a potential glorious destiny, of unconditional self-sacrificial love in the face of rejection and hatred, of the freedom that comes from forgiveness (we no longer need to prove ourselves or knot ourselves up in seeking forgiveness or revenge) and service, of judgement and mercy, of love for enemies in order that they might become our friends, of hope in the darkest of situations and of the ultimate victory of life and love over hatred and death. 

It is also true.



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