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Looks Can Be Deceiving

The Rev. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker (PCUSA)

It's Friday of Holy Week, Good Friday, and Jesus is crucified. Mark's account of the event is stark, painful, and lonely. Even after Jesus breathes his last, a Roman centurion gets in one last barb. "Truly," he says, with a smirk and roll of his eyes, "this was God's son."

To the jaded centurion it looks like Jesus of Nazareth died like countless other Jews. The charge against him reading "King of the Jews" must be a joke. Kings aren't crucified next to common criminals.

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Failures Are Not Final

The Rev. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker (PCUSA)

On Thursday of Holy Week, the disciples fail Jesus. Again. Thursday's story is one of a gracious meal, a desperate prayer, and an obedient son. But it is also a story of human failure: disciples who can't stay awake and keep watch, disciples who run, disciples who betray, disciples who deny, religious leaders who conspire to murder, and judges who miscarry justice. Maundy Thursday hits me harder than any other day of Holy Week because I know the story so well. I've lived it. I've failed, too. I've failed Jesus.

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April 01, 2015

An Unreasonable Act

The Rev. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker (PCUSA)

It’s Wednesday of Holy Week. We know who Jesus is, and we know what is coming. What do we have to break open for Jesus today, if not our hearts?
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March 31, 2015

Because There Are Widows

The Rev. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker (PCUSA)

It's Tuesday of Holy Week. How can we live, what can we do, because there are widows? Who is giving their last? Who needs to know they are not last in the Kingdom of God, but first?
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March 31, 2015

Think of the Ravens

The Rev. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker (PCUSA)

In light of "Religious Freedom" laws like the one recently passed in Indiana, we need to think of the ravens.
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March 30, 2015

Is It Time to Turn Over Tables?

The Rev. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker (PCUSA)

It's the Monday of Holy Week, so is it time to follow Jesus' example and start turning over some tables?
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August 06, 2014

Dying In Someone Else's Armor

The Rev. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker (PCUSA)

When staring down the giants, will you die in someone else's armor, or face the giants with your own assets: your unique gifts, skills, and experience.
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August 04, 2014

An Open Letter to My Church on Same-Sex Marriage and Every Other Kind There Is

The Rev. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker (PCUSA)

An open letter to my church in response to our denomination passing legislation that permits pastors officiating at same-sex marriage ceremonies.
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July 12, 2013

Choose the Form

The Rev. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker (PCUSA)

The Ghostbusters had the choose the form Gozer of the Destructor. God chose the the form of a servant. As Christians, we have to choose the form of the church.
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June 05, 2013

Star Trek: Into Darkness and Out of Clothes

The Rev. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker (PCUSA)

Did the writers of Star Trek Into Darkness really trust their story? Does the church trust its story?