The Stations of the Cross: An Easter Postscript

A painting of the resurrection of Christ by Matthias Grünewald, c. 1515. I changed the shape a bit to fit this space. This was originally an altarpiece for the Monastery of St. Anthony in Isenheim [once in Germany], now France. Today it is in the Unterlinden Museum in Colmar, France.

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 [Read More...]

Easter Inspiration from the High Calling: Death Defeated!

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 [Read More...]

The Stations of the Cross: A Devotional Guide for Lent and Holy Week – The Fourteenth Station

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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 [Read More...]

Preaching on Easter: Why It’s Peculiar

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 [Read More...]

The Seven Last Words of Christ: Reflections for Holy Week

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 Stations of the Cross: A Devotional Guide for Lent and Holy Week – The Thirteenth Station

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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 [Read More...]

The Stations of the Cross: A Devotional Guide for Lent and Holy Week – The Twelfth Station

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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, [Read More...]

The Stations of the Cross: A Devotional Guide for Lent and Holy Week – The Eleventh Station

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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?  [Read More...]

The Stations of the Cross: A Devotional Guide for Lent and Holy Week – The Tenth Station

Gordon's Calvary does look a bit like a skull, but Golgotha probably got its name, not from this rock formation, but from the fact that so many people were crucified there. These photos are all from Holy Land Photos, a fantastic source of pictures. Used by permission.

The Tenth Station: Jesus is Crucified Luke 23:33-4, 47 When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots [Read More...]

The Seven Last Words of Christ: Reflections for Holy Week

I have just reconfigured a devotional series I wrote a couple of years ago: The Seven Last Words of Christ: Reflections for Holy Week. This seven-part series is based on the seven last “words” (sayings) of Jesus from the cross. [Read more...]

The Stations of the Cross: A Devotional Guide for Lent and Holy Week – The Ninth Station: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem

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The Ninth Station: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem Luke 23:27-31 A great number of the people followed him, and among them were women who were beating their breasts and wailing for him. But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your [Read More...]

The Stations of the Cross: A Devotional Guide for Lent and Holy Week – The Eighth Station

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The Eighth Station: Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus to Carry His Cross Luke 23:26 As they led him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus. Reflection What a shock this must have been for [Read More...]

The Stations of the Cross: A Devotional Guide for Lent and Holy Week:

If you are just joining this blog series on The Stations of the Cross, you can find the whole series to this point here.  As of Holy Saturday (April 23, 2011), this same link will be a permalink to the entire devotional series on The Stations of the Cross. [Read more...]

The Stations of the Cross: A Devotional Guide for Lent and Holy Week – The Seventh Station

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The Seventh Station: Jesus Takes Up the Cross Mark 15:20 After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him. Reflection Jesus had said this would happen. For quite some time he had predicted his suffering and death. The first [Read More...]

The Stations of the Cross: A Devotional Guide for Lent and Holy Week – The Sixth Station

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The Sixth Station: Jesus is Scourged and Crowned with Thorns Luke 22:63-65; John 19:2-3 Luke: Now the men who were holding Jesus began to mock him and beat him; they also blindfolded him and kept asking him, “Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?” They kept heaping many other insults on him. John: And the [Read More...]

The Peculiar Task of Preaching on Easter

My most recent column for the Patheos Preachers Portal is up. Here’s how it begins: Easter requires peculiar preaching. I don’t mean this in a negative way. I mean that preaching on Easter is unusual for a variety of reasons. Preachers would do well, I believe, to attend to the distinctive demands of Easter preaching, [Read More...]


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