Some ministry inspired by a recent trip to Athens.
The crucifixion of Jesus is a pivotal truth of the Christian gospel. In fact, it is crucial to the gospel, the crux of the message, if we might employ additional English words derived from the Latin word crux, from which we also derive the English word “cross.”
In writing to the Corinthians, Paul seems to express regret in the way he preached in Athens when he writes:
1 Cor 2:1-2 When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.