Archives for March 2013

The Stone Table

“If a willing Victim that has committed no treachery is killed in a traitor’s stead, the Stone Table will crack; and even death itself would turn backwards.” Did you hear the cosmic boom? [Read more…]

Easter Sunday

Three Collects 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 [Read More…]

Regent Course on Kingdom

I will be teaching a course on kingdom of God at Regent College this summer… think about signing up: Regent College is embarking on the 44th Annual Regent College Summer Programs ( with a line-up of 40+ courses that have been carefully selected to help equip people to live out their faith in the world. Regent’s [Read More…]

Holy Saturday

God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, March 30, 2013

Karen: “As I headed east, toward home, I glimpsed at a young couple with a child in a stroller panhandling on the corner of the major highway that runs north-south through town. I just wanted to go home. Drink my coffee. Fix my edits. I didn’t make it half-a-block before I turned the car around.” Read [Read More…]

Good Friday Sermon: Which Jesus?

From Jason Micheli: Which Son of the Father Would You Choose? – Matthew 27.15-26 If I could offer you a choice: between a savior who tells you to return hate with love, or a savior who gives you permission to strike back at those who do you evil- if I could give you a choice, [Read More…]

Good Friday as Funeral

By John Frye: Twice now in two different churches that I served, Good Friday became a very memorable occasion. Working with a team of people and local funeral homes, we borrowed an upscale casket, arranged colorful flowers and held a funeral service for Jesus. We actually had a black Cadillac hearse parked outside the church [Read More…]

Good Friday: Mary Ponders

This guest post is by Shannon Claussen: Through the Eyes of Mary I move slowly, with weary anticipation, to see my son. My gaze drops down towards my sandals, the stitching is coming unraveled, and one thread in particular is barely hanging on, about to let go; it is a mirror of my emotional self. [Read More…]

Good Friday, Briefly

On Good Friday we remember the story of Jesus’ death. We participate in that death through eucharist 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 three [Read More…]

Deeper Magic, with Daniel Clendenin

From Daniel Clendenin: The earliest believers interpreted the life and death of Jesus in different ways — as substitute and sacrifice, ransom and reconciliation, adoption and example. But pride of place goes to what’s called “Christus Victor,” another ancient view that was reinvigorated by the modern Swedish theologian Gustav Aulén (d. 1977) — that in his life, [Read More…]