Today is Easter Tuesday. We are always so quick to drop the celebration or continuance of an event once the day has passed. Being in a liturgical church has reminded me that Christmas isn’t one day but 12 that take us to Epiphany. Easter is a season of celebration from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday.
The more I have walked in the tradition of Lent, then through Holy Week, the more I have fallen in love with Easter Sunday. OH! RESURRECTION! I get up early and put on songs of resurrection and power and wide open praise. For years it was Ron Kenoly and “Jesus is Alive.” I still danceContinue reading “He is RISEN”
The tomb is sealed. We know the end of the story, so we want to rush on. We want to see that stone rolled away. But it’s Saturday. It is silent. It is dark. That stone laughs at us. Death wins. We don’t know the end of the story on Saturday. Sit in the darkness.Continue reading “Holy Saturday”
Christians, at their best, are the fools who dare believe in God’s power to call dead things to life. That is the testimony of the Black church. It is not that we have good music (we do) or excellent preaching (we do). The testimony of the Black church is that in times of deep crisisContinue reading “Easter is for fools”
The cross of Christ is critical in the life of the believer. This year, it is a stark symbol for our time. We need to pay attention. The way of the Cross is the way of humiliation. Our God is not the vengeful, warrior God. He is not about “conquering” the way we think inContinue reading “Good Friday — Judgment and Mercy”
I am a Christian today not because it answers all my questions about the world or about our current suffering. It does not. And not because I think it is a nice, coherent moral order by which to live my life. And not because I grew up this way or have fond feelings about feltContinue reading “Resurrection Power in the time of coronavirus”
In Italy it is incredibly difficult to go through this time and NOT have the Body of Christ. Ministering in this time is incredibly difficult as well. This picture captivates me and represents that struggle in this time. The story is HERE.
We’ve spent a couple of centuries at least trying deconstruct the work of the Cross and the power of the Resurrection. We’ve lost the ancient path.
We have been recruited, through the resurrection, to go into the Father’s “business.” It is the forgiveness business.