October 24, 2016

A Prayer for Holy Saturday

A Prayer for Holy Saturday God of light and healing, we come seeking wholeness. Jesus, the Light of the World, rests in the tomb. We wait for the coming of the Rising Sun to show us the way. Hear our prayer for his coming! Indeed, saving God, all creation waits with groaning and longing for the salvation promised to […]

A Good Friday Prayer by Michael Spencer

Master, this day is our day to stand and look. To be amazed and disturbed. This is a day to put away glad songs, and to see the terrible cost of our salvation. This is also a day to believe and to know what is demanded in the Great Exchange at the heart of the […]

Another Look: Jeff Dunn – Circle or Cross?

Note from JD: This essay owes much to the thoughts of G. K. Chesterton from his classic work, Orthodoxy. ⎈ This is an interactive essay, one that requires your participation. You will need a piece of paper, a pencil or pen or crayon or some sort of marker, and a compass or something you can trace […]

Rob Grayson: The cross: religious self-projection or radical discontinuity?

The cross: religious self-projection or radical discontinuity? By Rob Grayson Most Christians agree that the central, defining feature of Christianity is the cross. I think it’s fair to say that no other religion has such a universally recognised identifying symbol. However, when it comes to what we understand the cross to mean, things get more complicated. And […]

Another Look: Evangelicals and Special Seasons

Note from CM: We’re giving Michael Spencer the week off. Instead, I will revive this post from my early days of writing for him. This was one of the first posts I did for Internet Monk, back in 2009. I wrote it in the early days of attending a Lutheran church, having left pastoral ministry in a non-denominational […]

Palm/Passion Sunday: Richard Rohr on a Credo of Adjectives

Palm/Passion Sunday Richard Rohr on a Credo of Adjectives On Sundays in Lent this year I’m sharing some things I’ve been learning from Richard Rohr. As Jesus enters Jerusalem on the final week of his life, the Gospel of John describes what was about to happen in these terms: Jesus was entering into his “glory” (see John 12:23). […]

Holy Week 2015: “Amazing grace, it reached as far as me” (Daniel Jepsen)

Note from Dan: The chorus after verse 4 is not original.  The poem can be sung to the tune of Londonderry Air. That tune has been used for a wide variety of songs, including Danny Boy, and the beautiful hymn, I Cannot Tell. • • • When time was young, and glory filled the garden, The […]

Holy Week 2015: Long Barren (Christina Rossetti)

Thou who didst hang upon a barren tree, My God, for me; Though I till now be barren, now at length, Lord, give me strength To bring forth fruit to Thee. Thou who didst bear for me the crown of thorn, Spitting and scorn; Though I till now have put forth thorns, yet now Strengthen […]

Holy Week 2015: A Call to Greater Remembrance (Mike Bell)

Over the past several years I have read through the Gospel of Mark many times as I have been working through editing Michael Spencer’s commentary.  (For those who have been eagerly awaiting this, I am afraid it has been slow going.)  One thing that strikes me as being of particular interest each time I read […]

Holy Week 2015: The Coup, the Queen, and the Resurrection (Damaris Zehner)

This is a good year:  Orthodox Pascha and Catholic Easter are on different days, so I can go to both liturgies.  My daughters and I, though not Orthodox, love the marathon of song, prayer, procession, and candlelight that begins on Holy Saturday and continues until the small hours on Sunday.  We also love the three-in-the-morning […]