FAQ on the Crucifix

This is where I am going to try and keep a running list of the questions asked about our upcoming corpus or body for the cross. I will put the questions down as they come in, and will try to develop the answers as soon as I am able. –Pastor Peperkorn

When will it be installed?

Lord willing, it will be installed on Saturday, March 17, 2018. We will then veil it (as we would normally do during Lent) until Good Friday. Then it will be unveiled and dedicated on Good Friday, and all ready for a wonderful Easter!

Will our cross be taken down when the crucifix goes up?

No! An important part of this entire process is that we are building upon what has gone before us. The cross, which was dedicated with the building in 1992, will remain the same. The corpus (body) will be added to the cross.

Will the body be up for Lent or all the time?

The corpus (body) will be permanently attached to the cross. So it will be there all the time.

Isn’t a crucifix Roman Catholic?

No. A crucifix has historically been a part of Lutheran architecture since the time of Luther. It would be fair to say that a crucifix is no more or less Roman Catholic than candles, vestments, paraments, prayers, readings, the Lord’s Supper, or just about anything else in our worship services and churches.

Won’t it scare Children?

While that is theoretically possible, that is mostly a matter of how it is presented and taught. If Jesus is taught as scary, then it will be scary. If we teach that Jesus love us and died on the cross for us, then it will not be fear, but love that is evoked. It might also be worth noting the introduction to the Story Bible that is linked on the main cross page HERE. Note that the author/editor highlights how important it is for children to have realism in how the Scriptures are taught. It is also worth noting that children today in America are inundated with images of violence, to the point of being desensitized to it. Perhaps we can add a little humanity into the harm we do to each other.

My Jesus rose from the dead! I won’t worship a dead God

My Jesus rose, too. That isn’t the question. Any piece of art, be it a painting or a sculpture, is going to depict a particular point in time. A manger. A cross. Jesus’ baptism. A resurrection appearance. They all have a place. They all matter. But Jesus’ death is the lens through which we view the rest of the story.