Someone published a book picturing the many shapes of the cross. It has been stylized in a dozen ways. There is a Latin cross, a Greek cross, an Egyptian cross, a Jerusalem cross, a cross of St. Andrew, and an iron cross. Artists and architects have modified its basic form in many ways. I suppose that does no harm, but we must never modify the meaning of the cross — Christ died for our sins!

J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.