Category: Lent

To Experience Resurrection (a Poem for Holy Week)

You have to return to the tomb
to experience resurrection. 
Return to the place where once 
you knew without doubt 
all hope was gone, the last 
dying gasp of breath expelled. 
Then silence, stillness 
and the great tearing open 
of sky and earth. 
The first sign of spring 
is the revelation of all 
that’s died.  Snow’s clean 
slate hides decay, 
but when the sun’s warmth rises 
its first disclosure is the depth 
of loss – the grass, 
brown and trampled, barren 
broken limbs scattered, earth 
exposed and the empty stretch 
of field filled with brown stalks 
of decomposition. 
This is the time of waiting, 
the time in which we grow 
weary and lose heart. 
You have to watch the barren 
earth, pull back brown leaves, 
lean close scanning the hidden 
places.  You have to stand beside 
the stone, Martha would tell us, 
your trembling hand pressed against 
its cold, hard surface.  You have to enter 
the dark cave, Peter whispers, not knowing 
what you’ll find.  
You have to sit through the long, 
dark night to see the first light of morning,         
to feel the sharp intake of breath 
as the sky’s closed eye, cold and gray, 
cracks open slowly, then with growing 
determination.  This is what you must do
to experience resurrection.

The Savior we Want

Give thanks to the Lord, for God is good. God’s steadfast love endures forever. . . . Save us—Hosanna in Hebrew—Save us, we beseech you, O Lord! O Lord, we beseech you, give us success! Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. (Psalm 118) This is the hymn that…

Waiting for Resurrection

I love to connect with readers, and was thrilled to receive this email comment recently from Shelley K. Hill of Second Baptist Church in Chester, Virginia, reprinted here with her permission: I am one of the teachers for our Lenten Season this year and we are excited about your book, Christ Is for Us and the journey you are leading us through….We have two Bible study sessions–12 noon and 7pm, both of which have doubled in size since we started this series. We are conducting our evening class in the sanctuary due to the number attending. Thank YOU!! [...] Read More ›

Call to Worship for Lent 5A

This call to worship is based on Psalm 130: In the wilderness we cry out to our God. In the wilderness our souls wait. In the wilderness we hope in God’s word. In the wilderness we know God’s steadfast love. And so, in the wilderness we worship together.

It’s Friday, but . . .

“It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming.” This phrase has been circulating widely on social media during Good Friday both in script and as a meme. I don’t know the origin of this saying, but Tony Campolo uses it as his signature message.

The Cross in the Roman Empire

I want to suggest a new spiritual practice—one that will be uncomfortable for many people. I want to implore the Church to reframe its understanding of the cross. While the cross (and resurrection) makes reconciliation possible for us, our understanding of the cross must begin with it as a sociopolitical tool of the Roman Empire. […]

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On a Friday Afternoon

Some were there when Jesus, bloody and bruised, climbed the hill to the Place of the Skull. The women, wailing along with the infants in their arms; Simon of Cyrene, forced to carry the cross beam that Jesus could no longer bear; the chief priests and scribes and elders re-writing the narrative in their heads, […]

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