Unforgiving Jesus on the Cross

In the midst of his crucifixion, Jesus looks down and forgives his torturers, his crucifiers, his executioners. Jesus, in the midst of the unimaginable and intolerable injustice, musters the courage to forgive the unforgivable. It is a moment, at least according to how traditional Christianity teaches it, of overwhelming mercy and unfathomable forgiveness. Except, that’s [Read More...]

The Unexpected Faith of Doubting Thomas

    It’s Easter. Do not be afraid to doubt. Doubt boldly. Doubt joyfully. In fact, these are important, faithful and beautiful responses to the Paschal mystery, as author Rachel Held Evans demonstrated last week. Indeed, in the gospels, doubt and disbelief are important to the Easter experience, and Jesus does not condemn his disciples for [Read More...]

Easter’s Rage: A Poem that Will Get Pastors Fired

Just a quick disclaimer: The following poem includes rather strong language. Something I think goes well with Easter. For Lent I gave up swearing … well almost. A Homily for Easter by David R. Henson Goddamn evil Goddamn abuse Goddamn injustice, slavery and rape. Goddamn racism Goddamn war Goddamn that strange fruit of bigotry and [Read More...]

Protesting Holy Week

Church is the last place Christians should be during Holy Week. That’s right. On the highest of holy days of the Christian calendar, I don’t think the followers of Jesus should be anywhere near a Holy Week service. Not Maundy Thursday. Not Good Friday. Not any of them. Of course there are great experiences to [Read More...]

10 Progressive Ideas for Enlivening Your Holy Week Experience

1. Attend a public demonstration protesting oppression in honor of Palm Sunday and the “triumphal entry.” Stand for justice for Trayvon Martin . Stand for immigration justice, racial justice, environmental justice. And if you don’t know what those are, Palm Sunday is the day on the Christian calendar to find out. 2. Read The Last [Read More...]

Caretakers of a Mystery (Lenten Meditation)

Throughout Lent, I will be posting short meditations on the Daily Office readings. Please journey and pray with me through these readings. To read previous Lenten meditations click here. Monday, March 5 I Corinthians 4:1 Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries. Servants are orderly things. Mysteries [Read More...]

Doubt and Suspended Animation (Daily Lenten Meditation)

Throughout Lent, I will be posting short meditations on the Daily Office readings every day. Please journey and pray with me through these readings. To read previous Lenten meditations click here. Thursday, March 1 Mark 2:1-12 “And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; [Read More...]

Bottom of a Well (Daily Lenten Meditation)

Throughout Lent, I will be posting short meditations on the Daily Office readings every day. Please journey and pray with me through these readings. To read previous Lenten meditations click here. Wednesday, February 29 Genesis 37 “Once Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more.” Honestly, [Read More...]

Why Jesus Matters, and Doesn’t (Daily Lenten Meditation)

Throughout Lent, I will be posting short meditations on the Daily Office readings every day. Please journey and pray with me through these readings. To read previous Lenten meditations click here. Tuesday, February 28 Mark 1:14-45 The Christian church triumphs in proclaiming Jesus the Son of God, the Messiah and the Holy One. We shout [Read More...]

Dismembering the Body of Christ (Daily Lenten Meditation)

Throughout Lent, I will be posting short meditations on the Daily Office readings every day. Please journey and pray with me through these readings. To read previous Lenten meditations click here. Monday, February 27 I Corinthians 1:11-13 “For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers [Read More...]


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