Today is a Good Friday

“Jesus looks asleep.” The first time I saw Christ on the Cross on an Eastern icon, that was my thought. My very wise pastor said this representation said many things, but that two of them were the fact that Christ was in control and that the central fact of Good Friday was not the evil [Read More…]

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Eating and Drinking with Your Friends: On Holy Thursday

One of the last things Jesus did before death was to eat and drink with His friends. In fact, during this last meal, Jesus served his students as if He were not the teacher and also transformed the relationship. Jesus said: Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: [Read More…]

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The Problem is Lazarus

A cartoon character doesn’t fall until he looks down. Evidently, cartoon physics requires knowing something is wrong before things go wrong. Reality is tougher. If you have never worked at a place where bad news is the problem and not the bad ideas that caused the bad news, count yourself blessed. I have seen leaders look [Read More…]

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In the Sure Hope . . .

To see a son help carry his mother’s casket out of the church is hard. To do so without hope would be harder. Instead, today Hope and I experienced: “hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast . . . ” We were sad, but not without hope. There are reasons [Read More…]

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Sweet Protestant Poetry

Ignorance of Protestantism is vast and ugly assumptions common. Even amongst Protestant evangelicals, one can meet an almost apologetic tone when it comes to Evangelical culture. This is quite unnecessary. The bombastic televangelist or the slick grifter mega-church pastor is not the heart of cultural Protestantism, just an American outlier. As a non-Protestant evangelical, when I [Read More…]

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