November 18, 2018

Archives for March 2018

Holy Saturday: Today Hades Groans

Holy Saturday Today Hades tearfully sighs: “Would that I had not received him who was born of Mary, for he came to me and destroyed my power; he broke my bronze gates, and being God, delivered the souls I had been holding captive.” O Lord, glory to your cross and to your holy resurrection! Today […]

Christina Rossetti: Good Friday

Good Friday By Christina Rossetti Am I a stone and not a sheep That I can stand, O Christ, beneath Thy Cross, To number drop by drop Thy Blood’s slow loss, And yet not weep? Not so those women loved Who with exceeding grief lamented Thee; Not so fallen Peter weeping bitterly; Not so the […]

Thursday in Holy Week: Love Best Described in Poetry

For Maundy Thursday • • • There are some things that can, perhaps, only be said in poetry, and perhaps this [Phil 2:5-11] is one of them. • Tom Wright PHILIPPIANS 2:5-11 Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself […]

Wednesday in Holy Week: Following Jesus or Drinking the Kool-Aid?

From 2008 Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.”….And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called […]

Tuesday in Holy Week: The Abbreviated Jesus

From 2008. The other day a strange feeling came over me. Don’t get me wrong about what I’m about to say here. It was just a feeling. I’m not claiming any powers of discernment or certainty. I got the distinct feeling there’s something wrong with a lot of people who say they are Jesus-followers/believers. If […]

Monday in Holy Week 2018: The Jesus Disconnect

Note from CM: Back in 2009, Michael Spencer some posts exploring what he called, “The Jesus Disconnect.” Here is an edited version of the first post in that series. In my experience, one reason people fail to enter in to a deep appreciation of Holy Week and miss its full significance is that they have failed […]

Palm/Passion Sunday 2018: Naked and Ashamed

Sermon: Palm/Passion Sunday 2018 Naked and Ashamed Mark 14: 43-52 Immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; and with him there was a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, ‘The one I will […]

The Saturday Monks Brunch: March 24, 2018

FIRST WEEKEND OF SPRING EDITION It’s Spring! Well, sort of. Here’s what our friend Randy Thompson had hanging around his place in New Hampshire as spring began this year. Follow the link to check out more beautiful pictures from the woods and mountains. Thankfully, the big nor’easter that they were anticipating didn’t materialize, but it’s […]

Live into the “What” not the “Why”

When someone is drowning, the only thing worse than failing to throw them a life preserver is handing them a reason. • Kate Bowler • • • Live into the “What” not the “Why” Religious people (me, for example) are really good at focusing on the “whys” of life. Pastors and theologians, in particular, make […]

Miracles and Science, Part 3 by Ard Louis

Miracles and Science, Part 3 by Ard Louis We are continuing our reflections on Miracles and Science based on a series of blog posts by Ard Louis of BioLogos.  The blog posts can be found on the BioLogos web site archives here.   The blog posts are based on a scholarly essay Louis did for BioLogos […]