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 +
Apr 13, 2014

The First Word

Luke 23:1-34
The Seven Last Words of Christ for Holy Week Today is Palm Sunday, the beginning of our Holy Week journey to the cross of Christ, and through the cross to the resurrection on Easter morning. Beginning today and continuing throughout the week, I'd like to focus my reflections on the...Read more +
Apr 12, 2014

The Sacrament of Wonder

Psalm 111
I’ve always loved butterflies. During difficult life seasons, God has used them—and their inherent symbolism of resurrection and new life—to encourage, comfort and teach me. Recently, a friend shared a Radiolab program with me, in which the hosts talked about a butterfly truth I’d never heard: the fact that in...Read more +
Apr 11, 2014

Shout to the Lord?!

Psalm 100:1-5
I can still remember Mrs. Merrill calling the first-graders to worship in the Sunday School of Hollywood Presbyterian Church. Quoting from the King James version of prophet Habakkuk, Mrs. Merrill would say, “The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.” That meant, in...Read more +
Apr 10, 2014

Why Forgive Someone Who Wronged You? Part 2

Ephesians 4:31-32
In yesterday's reflection on Ephesians 4:32 , we saw that we are to forgive others, not only in obedience to Scripture, but also because forgiveness is an expression of kindness and compassion. Yet this is not the only rationale for forgiveness in verse 32. This verse says, "Be kind and...Read more +
Apr 9, 2014

Why Forgive Someone Who Wronged You? Part 1

Ephesians 4:31-32
Have you ever wondered why you should forgive someone who wronged you? I expect you have. I know I have. To be sure, at times, when an offense is minor, I don't worry about why I should forgive. I just do it. But at other times, when someone has deeply...Read more +