Walking Easter’s Emmaus Road in Angus MacLachlan’s Film, Abundant Acreage

It’s a well-worn story, the day-long walk from Jerusalem to Emmaus, hours of plodding along on sore feet by disciples with sore souls. A stranger joins them early, drawing them out of their silent brooding, getting them to talk. The day is spent in victim mode, as the disciples spill out all that has been [Read More…]

The Skeptic

Buncha malarkey. Snake oil. Quack, quack, quack. Christmas, yes. Easter, no. These are common human answers. Much more skeptical than Doubting Thomas, who, after all, was a part of the group around Jesus, had invested his life in this movement, would love him to be resurrected. Most of us, though, have got our guard up [Read More…]

Hell Is Empty-All the Devils Are Here –Part 2

This year my Good Friday observance was in a large theater in Portsmouth, watching, with 800 other people, an array of short films about the human crucifixion of the earth, our shared body. The showing was a benefit for our Seacoast Land Trust. In all the films there was tragedy. And in all of them [Read More…]

Hell Is Empty, All the Devils Are Here

It’s Holy Week, and I had the chance to hear a high school senior tell his own awesome story. Four years ago he said, when he had stumbled into school with his therapist’s number on speed dial and a dozen razor blades in his bag. He’d been cutting himself regularly for a while. He wasn’t [Read More…]

Easter’s Alleluias Belong to Jesus’ Kingdom Vision

The Last Days of Jesus, a two-part series PBS is showing now, tells a new and detailed account of the shifting politics between Rome and Israel in Jesus’ time. Scholars from Britain, the US, Canada, and Israel, tell this story from the historical views of two faiths, Christianity and Judaism. And they are in agreement [Read More…]

The Rich and Holy Eves

All the awe and magic that the last half of the 20th century allowed, that post-Apocalyptic, pragmatic age when everything had to be provable, that era before cyberspace and CGI technology and magical realism introduced us to deep mystery again – all the awe and magic  came into the world on the rich and holy [Read More…]

Syria’s Children

It was the pictures of Syrian babies, being caressed by their helpless parents as they jerked and shivered in their neurological misery, victims of chemical death rained down upon them by the leader of their country, that moved the heart of the leader of my country to tenderness and action. And I ask, in God’s [Read More…]

Triumph and Defeat

Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem produced a crowd, according to the gospel accounts. The crowd was large, loud, boisterous, happy. Evidence has surfaced that it was the habit of Roman Governors to require citizen attendance at the Damascus Gate when they entered with their troops, honoring them with branches and flowers. The Damascus Gate had a [Read More…]

Hillary Unbound

Like Lazarus rising from his silent tomb, Hillary Clinton has emerged from her silence, unbound and speaking out in defense of reporter April Ryan and, in general, all the values the Clinton campaign represented. This is the week when churches across the nation will read the story of the rising of Lazarus. And they will [Read More…]

Silence and the Word

The raising of Lazarus is a very long story, a chapter length tale. And almost all of it is marked by silence. In this, the story mirrors our own experiences of the deaths of people we love. We weep, our hearts are broken. We pray No, no , no, no, and, irrationally yet predictably, we [Read More…]