June 1, 2016

Saturday Ramblings: April 2, 2016 – Opening Day Edition

Today's vintage Rambler advertisement came from 1960, a year or two before your intrepid Chaplain started his Little League career. So the boys piling into the pink station wagon would have been the "big boys" that I looked up to … [Continue reading...]

Another Look: A Long Pause from Impermanence

I hope no reader will suppose that “mere” Christianity is here put forward as an alternative to the creeds of the existing communions -- as if a man could adopt it in preference to Congregationalism or Greek Orthodoxy or anything … [Continue reading...]

Such strange grace

April 5 will mark six years since Michael Spencer's death. We will be devoting next week to some of his most memorable writings, writings that helped many of us survive wilderness journeys akin to his own. Today, I had lunch … [Continue reading...]

A Lament for Lahore’s Children

Today we weep for Lahore, her children and families, and all who love peace. The Easter bombing of a playground in Lahore, Pakistan has brought the subject of Christian persecution to the forefront of the world's attention, … [Continue reading...]

Another look: Easter is a season, not a day

Many of us in our Christian traditions learned to celebrate Christ’s resurrection on a single day — Easter Sunday. Easter is the great Lord’s Day, the climax of Holy Week, the high point of the Christian Year, marked by an … [Continue reading...]

Sermon: Easter at Ground Level

Easter at Ground Level  Easter Sermon: March 27, 2016 Luke 24:1-12 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the … [Continue reading...]

A Prayer for Resurrection Sunday

A Prayer for Resurrection Sunday Hail thee, festival day! Blest day to be hallowed forever; Day when our Lord was raised, breaking the kingdom of death. All the fair beauty of earth from the death of the winter arising! Every … [Continue reading...]

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 … [Continue reading...]

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 … [Continue reading...]

Crux probat omnia

I have begun reading Fleming Rutledge's outstanding new book, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ, just in time for Good Friday. She notes that the contemporary church tends to neglect the crucifixion in … [Continue reading...]