A Must Read for Parents and Others: On Being an Absolute Ass

I just finished reading a great piece by my fellow Patheos blogger, David Kuo. It’s called “On Being an Absolute Ass.” If you’re a parent, you’ve got to read it. If you might one day be a parent, you’ve got to read it. If you’re looking for a refreshing bit of truthfulness, you’ve got to [Read More…]

Would Jesus Have a Facebook Page? Yes . . .

Part 2 of series: Would Jesus Have a Facebook Page? In one of yesterday’s posts, I asked the question: Would Jesus have a Facebook page? I was moved to ask this question by a statement in a USA Today article on technology in the church. In this article, Drew Goodmanson, the CEO of a company [Read More…]

Would Jesus Have a Facebook Page?

If Jesus were on earth today, would he have a Facebook page? No, says Drew Goodmanson, CEO of Monk Development, a company that helps churches use the Internet to fulfill their missions. In a USA Today article by Cathy Lynn Grossman, Goodmanson appreciates the fact that “you can have a digital Bible in the palm [Read More…]

The State of the Bible 2012

So, how is the Bible doing these days? Are people still believing it? reading it? Still holding it in high esteem? Or, in our increasingly secular culture, is the Bible going the way of the Sears Catalog and VHS tapes? The American Bible Society recently commissioned an in-depth survey the seeks to answer these questions [Read More…]

What Would You Do If You Got Superpowers? Green Lantern vs. Chronicle

When I was a young boy, I yearned for super powers. After watching The Adventures of Superman on TV, starring George Reeves as the Man of Steel, I would put on my t-shirt with a big ‘S’ on the front, tie a towel around my neck as a cape, and make every effort to fly [Read More…]

Examining the Words of Handel’s Messiah – Part 3

Part 3 of series: Handel’s Messiah: An Unexpected Easter Masterpiece Part III In yesterday’s post, I examined Parts I and II of Handel’s Messiah, showing that the birth of Jesus takes up only the first section of the Part I. Part II focuses on the death and resurrection of Jesus, ending with the glorious celebration [Read More…]

Examining the Words of Handel’s Messiah – Parts 1 and 2

Part 2 of series: Handel’s Messiah: An Unexpected Easter Masterpiece Today, I want to begin to examine the libretto (the words of the composition) of Handel’s Messiah to show its strong Easter themes. The Messiah comes in three parts. I’ll provide a short summary of each part, beginning today with Parts 1 and 2. Part [Read More…]

Handel’s Messiah: An Unexpected Easter Masterpiece – Introduction

I ended my last post by promising to discuss one further piece of Easter music. Today, I begin to keep my promise. Several years ago, the choir of Irvine Presbyterian Church, along with a couple of guest choirs, did something you might consider odd. They sang a wonderful, well-known piece of music. This isn’t odd, [Read More…]

Celebrating Fifty Days of Easter: Some Practical Suggestions

Part 3 of series: Introduction to Eastertide: The Season of Easter In my last post, I began to answer the question of what we might do if we were to celebrate Easter for fifty days. I explained that it’s not as if we ought to repeat the traditions of Easter Sunday fifty times in a [Read More…]

Fifty Days of Easter! What Would We Do?

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 [Read More…]

Happy Easter! No, Really! Happy Easter!

Part 1 of series: Introduction to Eastertide: The Season of Easter No, I haven’t got my days mixed up. Yes, I do mean to wish you “Happy Easter!” You 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 [Read More…]

Linda’s Doodle for Easter Sunday

Click on the images below to see them full size. Copyright © 2012, Linda E.S. Roberts. If you would like to use these doodles for a ministry or other non-profit purpose, please contact Mark. [Read more…]

The Stations of the Cross – An Easter Postscript

An Easter Postscript 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 [Read More…]

Lenten Doodle for Saturday, April 7

Click on the images below to see them full size. Copyright © 2012, Linda E.S. Roberts. If you would like to use these doodles for a ministry or other non-profit purpose, please contact Mark. [Read more…]

The Stations of the Cross – The Fourteenth Station: Jesus is Placed in the Tomb

Copyright © 2007, Linda E. S. Roberts. For permission to use this picture, please contact Mark. 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, [Read More…]

Seven Last Words of Christ – Reflections for Holy Week

My series on the Seven Last Words of Christ from the cross can be found here. [Read more…]