Part 2 of series: Introduction to Eastertide: The Season of Easter In my last post I shared my personal discovery of Eastertide, the fifty-day season of the Christian year set apart to celebrate the resurrection of Christ and its implications for our lives. I promised to explain a bit further how one might give Easter its due by devoting more time and attention to this crucial holiday. I’m sure some of my blog readers are wondering: “Fifty days of Easter?… Read more

Part 1 of series: Introduction to Eastertide: The Season of Easter We may be done with Easter Sunday services and Easter egg hunts. You may have put away your fancy new Easter dress and your bunny decorations. But Easter isn’t over, at least not for millions of Christians throughout history and throughout the world today. Allow me to explain. As a child, I always thought of Easter as a one-day affair. I liked Easter well enough. Dressing up in new… Read more

Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! So Christians have proclaimed for centuries on Easter morning and throughout the season of Easter, as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. During the fourteen days prior to Easter, I was reflecting on the Stations of the Cross in preparation for a deeper experience of the reality of Jesus’ death, and therefore a greater celebration of his resurrection. Today, on the Monday after Easter, I want to add an Easter postscript. Without the… Read more

Death Defeated! Psalm 30:1-12 You brought me up from the grave, O LORD. You kept me from falling into the pit of death. Psalm 30:3 On this Easter Sunday, we joyfully remember the defeat of death. Psalm 30 gives us words to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and its implications. The images of Psalm 30 take on new meaning in light of the resurrection of Jesus. David spoke of being brought up from the grave (Hebrew, sheol) metaphorically. What he… Read more

The Fourteenth Station: Jesus is Placed in the Tomb Luke 23:50-54; Mark 16:1-4 Luke 23 Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who, though a member of the council,  had not agreed to their plan and action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea, and he was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God.  This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen… Read more

You might be interested in a column I recently wrote for the Patheos Preachers Portal. It’s called: The Peculiar Task of Preaching on Easter This column was written with preachers in mind, but it would be of interest to others as well. Even if you’re not preaching on Easter, you might wonder what makes it “peculiar.” Read more

Once again, here’s a link to a devotional series I’ve written on The Seven Last Words of Christ. This would be fitting for Good Friday reflections. May the peace of Christ be with you. Read more

The Thirteenth Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross Luke 23:44-47 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon,  while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two.  Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Having said this, he breathed his last.  When the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God and said, “Certainly this… Read more

The Twelfth Station: Jesus on the Cross, His Mother, and His Disciple John 19:25-27 Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.  When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.”  Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his… Read more

The Eleventh Station: Jesus Promises His Kingdom to the Good Thief Luke 23:39-43 One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”  But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?  And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.”  Then… Read more

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