A Post-Easter Meditation

For many people, Holy Week is a time of triumphant faith. But for others, it raises all kinds of questions and doubts. Here is a meditation from Duane Clinker especially for the latter: http://loveandresist.blogspot.com/2016/03/an-apology-for-faith-in-love-by-duane.html Quotable: After his death, instead of being crushed as the empire expected, his followers actually grew and spread his words and [Read More…]

The Most Important Question Pastors Can Ask Before this Easter Sunday

My old friend Bruce Johnson is a savvy business consultant, and in a recent article, he challenges businesses to learn their NPS – Net Promoter Score. The key insight – that some business customers or clients will leave a business so thrilled that they’ll tell their friends – applies to churches as well. The article [Read More…]

The Uprising Begins: An Easter Sunday Reflection

This is an excerpt from We Make the Road by Walking, Chapter 33: The Uprising Begins (Easter Sunday) Ezekiel 37:1–14 Luke 24:1–32 Colossians 1:9–29 Let’s imagine ourselves with the disciples on the first Easter Sunday. Here’s what we heard. At dawn, before the sun has risen, some women who are part of our movement went [Read More…]

Good Friday Meditation

This is from my book Everything Must Change: The cross is an even more dramatic narrative reversal. . . . Rome uses crosses to expose and pronounce a death sentence on rebels; Jesus uses the cross to expose Roman violence and religious complicity with it, while pronouncing a sentence of forgiveness on his crucifiers. His cross [Read More…]