Category Archives: Lent Ponderings

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Jesus Cried

“Jesus cried.” (John 11:35) Someone told me the other day that her husband’s favorite Bible verse was “Jesus cried.” It is known as the shortest verse in the Bible.  It was her husband’s favorite verse because when he was in … Continue reading

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He Suffered

“Look, my servant will succeed. He will be exalted and lifted very high. Just as many were appalled by you, he too appeared disfigured, inhuman, his appearance unlike that of mortals. (Isaiah 52:13-14, Common English Bible) He was born into a … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Lost in Suffering

by Erin Davidson  Read Isaiah 50:4-9a. Obedient, loyal and steadfast, they’re all big, meaningful words, words that Jesus embodies.  They’re words for us as humans to strive to live and grow into.  As we move through Lent, we experience Jesus’ … Continue reading

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Unbind

Read Romans 8:6-11. Lent is a season of self-reflection. A season of contemplation. It is the Henri Nouwen and Parker Palmer kind of stuff where we examine our hearts and our souls. John Wesley would ask, “How is it with … Continue reading

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