The not-so-popular side of Passion Week

Palm Sunday. It’s a great day of celebration. And examination. The King has come into his Temple and it’s not a pretty trip. Part of the reading of Holy Week can really grate on a person! 7 “Awake, sword, against my shepherd,    against the man who is close to me!”    declares the Lord Almighty.“Strike the shepherd,    and the sheep will be scattered,    and…

Free Speech

We like to think it exists (and in reality, it still does), but what we really mean is this: “I believe in your right to speak freely as long as it agrees one hundred percent with me. If it does not, I will have your job, or your company, or your product… or something to show how shameful it…

One thing you lack

Mark 10:17-22 gives us the story of the rich man asking about eternal life. One big thing that continually stands out to me from Mark and Matthew on this story: When asked point blank what was needed to inherit eternal life, Jesus did NOT point to himself in a way we would think. He did NOT say,…

Save us from the “Rah Rah” Resurrection

Every year there is some comment, post, article, etc., out there that will wonder why Christians go through the “morbidity” of Lent or “dwell” on the crucifixion. It’s a braggadocious claim about how they live in the resurrection power. Jesus is alive! Jesus IS alive. And the resurrection IS where we dwell. We live in the power of the…

Jesus is coming after YOU

I am preparing for Palm Sunday and part of that is reading the text in Matthew 21:1-11. I couldn’t stop there. What did he do AFTER making that triumphal entry? He ransacked the Temple. He healed IN the Temple, drawing the weak in… and he blessed children. This is a powerful statement. He is NOT…