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Rev. Robert Sirico at Mars Hill

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Rev. Robert Sirico delivered a sermon titled “Whistling Past the Graveyard” at Mars Hill mega-church in Grand Rapids, Mich on September 20. You can listen to his sermon in its entirety by clicking on the sermon title above. Mars Hill was founded by Rob Bell in 1999.

Rev. Sirico addressed Christology, mortality, atonement theology, and the problem of evil. In his remarks Rev. Sirico declared:

And the vision of that hill, there on Golgotha’s bloody mount, is the answer to the riddle of human existence. There in the crucified Christ, we see one who not only suffers for us…but he suffers with us. He enters our grief, our solitude, our pain. And because the one who is suffering so is innocent, he has the capacity to subsume into himself, into his divine person, all of humanity’s suffering, all the history of limitation and death.

Ray Nothstine is opinion editor of the the North State Journal in Raleigh, North Carolina. Previously, he was managing editor of Acton Institute's Religion & Liberty quarterly. In 2005 Ray graduated with a Master of Divinity (M.Div) degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. He also holds a B.A. in Political Science from The University of Mississippi in Oxford.


  • Listening in the Highlands of Scotland having visited a number of old graveyards I really appreciated Robert Sirico’s message at Mars Hill. Finding your website and strap line is very interesting. “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”… interesting quote that was updated some years ago….Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power is delicious!” So obvious when you think about it. Agape from Scotland.

  • Steve Miller

    There is mention of suffering, but no mention of sin as the central reason for the atonement…Christ’s payment in full for my sin. This is an inadequate view of the atonement…even dangerous, because it deceptively sounds so appealing.