October 23, 2017

Holy Week: Dinner with Him Once Dead

Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. (John 12:1-2) * * * This story intrigues me. Normally, when reading John 12:1-11, we […]

Holy Week with Duccio: Resurrection of Lazarus

Source: Web Gallery of Art The Gospel reading for Monday in Holy Week is John 12:1-11. This tells the story of Mary, Lazarus’s sister, anointing Jesus’ feet at a dinner in their home in honor of Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead. That act of bringing Lazarus back to life is emphasized throughout the […]

Holy Week with Duccio: The Entry into Jerusalem

Source: Web Gallery of Art “The scene Entry into Jerusalem is unusual because of the attention given to the landscape, which is rich in detail. The paved road, the city gate with battlements, the wall embrasures, the slender towers rising up above and the polygonal building of white marble reproduce a remarkably realistic layout, both urbanistically and […]

Holy Week: There is Always a Day Before (iMonk Classic)

NOTE: As we begin Holy Week, this classic Michael Spencer post from November, 2009 reminds us that each day, each week is a journey into the unknown. We never know if the cross is waiting for us this Friday. Michael wrote these words shortly before he learned that he had a terminal illness. * * […]

Easter as “March Madness”

I won’t comment on this ad in our paper today for a local church Easter production. I should probably just start a “Groan or Else” category for things like this.

Holy Saturday 2012

John 19:38-42 After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body. Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus […]

Cry of Dereliction or Trust?

Recommended reading on this Good Friday: “He’s Calling For Elijah! Why We Still Mishear Jesus,” by Al Hsu at CT. • • • Al Hsu has written an eye-opening exposition of Jesus’ words from the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34; Matt 27:46). Why did Jesus utter these words […]

Good Friday 2012

John 19:16-30 So they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them. Pilate also had an inscription written and put […]

Maundy Thursday 2012

NOTE: Please forgive the delay in getting this morning’s post up. Personal schedule issues. (CM) John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to […]

Holy Wednesday 2012

 John 21:21-32 After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, ‘Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.’ The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. One of his disciples—the one whom Jesus loved—was reclining next to him; Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask […]