Archives for April 2011

The Lamb is the Lion who is Roaring

From One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow: Kris and I were at a lion park in South Africa, not far from a place called Pilanesberg National Park, a game reserve. We had driven with some friends through Pilanesberg hoping we might see a lion in the wild. We did see baboons and elephants and giraffes and [Read More…]

The Stone Table Cracks

Jesus Has Risen 1 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat [Read More…]

Prayer(s) for the Week: Easter

O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son [Read More…]


My copy of the NIV Thinline Reference Bible, Large Print (large print edition) arrived, and I encourage you to get one. The Committee on Bible Translation deserves our thanks for their care and their patience — fielding inquiries and pondering suggestions and making corrections and always with more than a few critics looking over their shoulders. [Read More…]

This Sunday

From the Multi Hat Pastor: The late David Foster Wallace is one of the most celebrated literary minds of our generation. He wrote, “…Not that that mystical stuff is necessarily true. The only thing that’s capital-T True is that you get to decide how you’re gonna try to see it.  This, I submit, is the freedom [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings

Here comes summer! Carolyn Arends: “Death unaddressed is the bogeyman in the basement; it keeps us looking over our shoulders and holds us back from entering joyously into the days we are given. But death dragged out from the shadows and held up to the light of the gospel not only loses its sting, it [Read More…]

The Death of Jesus

The Crucifixion of Jesus 32 As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. 33 They came to a place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). 34 There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he [Read More…]

An Atoning Death

On Good Friday we remember the story of Jesus’ death. We participate in that death through eucharist and in faith. And we celebrate the good news of that death in thinking and pondering the immense love of God for us — to clear our debt, to shoulder our load, and to remove our sins. Perhaps [Read More…]

More Like Prayer 4

Was Jesus political? Was his mission to form a “political body”? Was he withdrawn from society forming a conventicle? Was he out to transform the powers? How do you see these questions? John Howard Yoder’s last book, published posthumously on the basis of his lectures in Warsaw (Poland), Nonviolence – a Brief History: The Warsaw [Read More…]

A New Passover, a New Lamb, a New Exodus

The Last Supper 17 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 18 He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is [Read More…]