I almost forgot it was Lent. I'm not Catholic, but I have always enjoyed this season leading up to Easter more than any other time of the year. Spring in the air, fun activities with the kids, a good Bible study focusing on the season, all leading up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday services. … Continue reading The Pope, Laura Ingalls, and Quarantine Blues
Easter has come and gone. I was reminded of this no less than ten times yesterday when I heard and saw numerous ads for Mother's Day. Overnight, the stores have done away with all things bunny-related and have moved on in their push to get us thinking about the next thing. Not so fast please. … Continue reading Jesus On The Beach
"Where in your life do you need to know that "it is finished"? Where in your life are you still trying to earn your way, prove your worth, control your future, or get what's already yours in Christ? What responsibility do you take as your own that was never yours to begin with? "It is … Continue reading Finished
Our pastor at church this past weekend preached a sermon called "Don't Go To Church... BE the Church." I reflected a lot on that yesterday as I watched the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral go up in flames. American Christians are pretty comfortable with the idea that 'church' isn't just a brick building you go to … Continue reading Cathedrals and Kingdoms
The supermarket Peeps are out. This can only mean one thing: on to the next religious/commercial season! In about a week, Catholics and some Christians will observe Ash Wednesday and begin the season of Lent, a time of remembering the wilderness journey of Jesus and His ultimate sacrifice for us. Much like Advent, Lent is … Continue reading To Lent… Or Not To Lent?
When I was a teenager, my friends and I took part in our city's production of the Passion Play during Easter week. We practiced for months for the week long performances in which we were part of the crowd that both welcomed and condemned Jesus. We began by waving palm branches and finished with the … Continue reading Easter Off The Page
Easter week. Holy Week. My favorite holiday and my favorite celebration. In the same way we observe advent, I think the time before Easter deserves our attention and willingness to quiet ourselves to hear with clear minds the story that changed everything. Our lives are not very conducive to this message, however, and the gospel … Continue reading First World Easter