Apr 23, 2014

Mimes of God

Ephesians 5:1-2
At one time or another, I expect you've seen a mime. Perhaps it was on television or in a crowded square of a cosmopolitan city. It seems like every time I'm walking around in San Francisco, I come upon a mime or two. Inevitably, these mimes will be dressed in...Read more +
Apr 22, 2014

Envisioning a Community of Forgiveness

Ephesians 4:31-32
In our reflections before Holy Week (Part 1 and Part 2), we were considering the question: Why should you forgive someone who wronged you? We saw that we are to forgive as an expression of kindness and compassion because God has forgiven us in Christ. Before we leave the topic...Read more +
Apr 21, 2014

The Beautiful Simplicity of Serving God in...

2 Timothy 2:15-26
A few months ago, a famous person came to our house for a party. My wife works for a community theater that hosts a variety of performers—from community theater troupes to Broadway traveling shows. During a small after party for one of these events, the famous person brought his family...Read more +
Apr 20, 2014

God’s Resurrection Power for Us!

Ephesians 1
Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! With these words, Christians throughout the world celebrate the resurrection of Christ on Easter morning. We confess that Christ is risen, not only in the hearts of the faithful, and not merely as some nice religious image, but truly and physically. On Easter...Read more +
Apr 19, 2014

The Seventh Word

Luke 23:44-56
The Seven Last Words of Christ for Holy Week Two of the last seven "words" of Jesus are quotations from the Psalms. Earlier, Jesus had used Psalm 22, "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?" to express his anguish. Later, he borrowed from Psalm 31, which comes to...Read more +
Apr 18, 2014

The Sixth Word

John 19:19-30
The Seven Last Words of Christ for Holy Week I never saw a more difficult film to watch than Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ . For most of that movie, I wanted to avert my eyes. It was horrible to watch even a cinematic version of a crucifixion...Read more +
Apr 17, 2014

The Fifth Word

John 19:28-29
The Seven Last Words of Christ for Holy Week No doubt Jesus experienced extreme thirst while being crucified. He would have lost a substantial quantity of bodily fluid, both blood and sweat, through what he had endured prior to crucifixion. Thus his statement, "I am thirsty" was, on the most...Read more +
Apr 16, 2014

The Fourth Word

Mark 15:1-34
The Seven Last Words of Christ for Holy Week As Jesus was dying on the cross, he echoed the beginning of Psalm 22, which reads: My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help? Every day I call to...Read more +
Apr 15, 2014

The Third Word

John 19:1-27
The Seven Last Words of Christ for Holy Week As Jesus was dying, his mother was among those who remained with him. Most of the male disciples had fled, with the exception of one whom the Fourth Gospel calls "the disciple he loved." We can't be exactly sure of the...Read more +
Apr 14, 2014

The Second Word

Luke 23:35-43
The Seven Last Words of Christ for Holy Week As Jesus hung on the cross, he was mocked by the religious leaders and the Roman soldiers. One of the criminals being crucified with him added his own measure of scorn. But the other crucified criminal sensed that Jesus was being...Read more +