Conference on Ministry

The Liberating CrossIn the Hands of a Loving God

The Liberating Cross

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God’s wrath or God’s love—and our perspective  

  • Is seeing God primarily as wrathful toward sinners true or biblical?

  • Is fearing God a normal and expected behavior?

  • Where might the natural implications of this theological framework lead us?

Mesmerizing and potentially terrifying questions that lead to the cross of Jesus.

Brian Zahnd

 Keynote Speaker

Brian Zahnd is founder and lead pastor of Word of Life Church in St. Joseph, Missouri. Zahnd is an acclaimed thought leader and author of many titles including:
Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God
Water to Wine
A Farewell To Mars
Beauty Will Save the World


Conference Schedule

8:30 a.m. | Registration & Continental Breakfast (included with ticket)

9:00 | Session 1: The Crucified God The centrality of the cross in Christian faith

10:30 | Break

10:50 | Session 2: No More Monster God A critique of crucifixion understood as the wrath of God

12:00 p.m. | Lunch (included with ticket)

1:15 | Session 3: How Did Jesus Understand His Death? The three accomplishments of the cross as  set forth by Jesus in John 12

2:30 | Break

2:50 | Session 4: Lamb of God (The Last Scapegoat) Viewing the cross through the important lens of René Girard

4:00Closing and Departure


For questions regarding this event contact Maria Gilluly at or 585.594.6420.