Christ is Dead

Read Matthew 27:57-66. The stone has been rolled in place. Death has been sealed. And all is silent. The Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday is sometimes quickly breezed over. It is the bridge between the darkness of Friday and the light of Easter. The bridge between death and resurrection. And it is a day marked by silence. Nothing is happening. Nothing, that is, expect mourning. The sealed tomb echoes throughout the...

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It’s Friday, but . . .

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All Hope is Gone

the Light that had been sent to the earth was growing dim love had been replaced with hate peace replaced with war the Light had been arrested and dragged away into the night betrayed by a kiss but the Light would not go out the chains rattled as the Light was pushed and kicked the Light was declared guilty the people who were loved by the Light cried for the Light to be extinguished those who loved and followed the Light denied ever...

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Guest Post: Foot Washing
Apr17

Guest Post: Foot Washing

by Rev. April Casperson Read John 13:1-20. When I read this familiar narrative in John, I’m struck at how the author tells us how Jesus feels, what Jesus does, and how Jesus explains himself. It’s a fascinating glimpse of the consistency between the inner and outer life of Jesus Christ. Jesus knew that his time on this world had come to an end, and he felt love for those who were in the world. He could have stopped caring, or begun to...

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Guest Post: An Insightful Question
Apr15

Guest Post: An Insightful Question

by Rev. Andrew Taylor-Troutman   Read Matthew 26:6–13. There’s a scene in the baseball movie, Moneyball, where Brad Pitt (as the general manager of a professional baseball team) challenges a room full of veteran scouts by asking repeatedly, “What’s the problem?” (Be aware there is explicit language is this clip.) Pitt’s insight is that their solutions are inadequate because they have not grasped the fundamental nature of the...

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Palm Sunday: Occupy Jerusalem
Apr13

Palm Sunday: Occupy Jerusalem

Read Matthew 21:1-11. Today is Palm Sunday. It is a joyous and celebratory Sunday as we praise Jesus as the Son of God. We process into the sanctuary with palm branches waving high. It is a special time. But, Palm Sunday is also the hinge in the Jesus Story. Palm Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week, when the story takes a dramatic turn. History tells us that there were two processions that day into Jerusalem. From the east, Jesus...

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