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Easter morning is about the end of life as we know it and the beginning of something new and incredible beyond it. But some people steeped in science, reason and logic find Easter to be just wishful thinking. Easter in their minds is just something for gullible people, and there are certainly gullible people.Read full transcript...
The Easter Vigil service begins in darkness. It is the darkness of the closed up tomb where Jesus' body lay on Holy Saturday. The stone has been rolled in front of it. No light enters. It is utterly dark. Jesus' torn and beaten body is already beginning to stink--the women are planning to bring spices to help preserve his body in the morning. But now, it is Saturday, in the dark, airless, deathly still tomb. It is not a pleasant place to be.
If you take 1 thing away from this profile of Kay Lindahl, it should be this: She’s the woman behind The Sacred Art of Listening. As Editor of ReadTheSpirit, a well-thumbed copy of Kay’s book has been a part of my own collection of essential reading for more than a decade.
A prayer for Good Friday.
A Good Friday reflection.
We see Jesus' 'economic activism' in a story that comes up in Holy Week—-it’s the one about an angry Jesus overturning the moneychangers' tables in the temple. Jesus denounces the temple practice of profiting from the poor who are forced to buy animal for required ritual sacrifice.
Baseball officially began at the beginning of the month, but for Christians, the new season begins this Sunday morning.
On Good Friday, if you can't say it in front of the rabbi, don't say it at all. But don't assume you have to water it down either. Because if we can not respect each other's uniqueness and difference in public worship, how will we ever go deep enough to get to the really important questions that clergy desperately want to ask?
Everywhere we go, we're asked: 'What are you doing about Facebook?' That’s a natural question. Men and women nationwide are interested in the dramatic changes within Facebook. How dramatically is Facebook changing?Three of our experts respond.
Palm Sunday reminds us of the conundrum of the human experience and the beauty of Jesus' sacrifice, the decision to love us to death. Even in the midst of betrayal, tribulation, and anxiety, Jesus chose to move forward with the fulfillment of Scripture that testifies of himself. Friends are important on this side of heaven, but Jesus is the most important, most faithful friend any of us will ever have.
Some years ago I was invited to preach at a Good Friday service. I preached on the subject of death—all of which seemed to fit. But the choice of subject prompted one member of the congregation to complain, 'Why didn’t you focus on the resurrection?'