This Fragile Earth

Easter 2A Years ago, Christine Bird gave me a cartoon that pictures a man in a lab coat standing in front of a door labeled, “Scriptural Biology Lab.” In smaller letters the sign continues, “Please close mind behind you.” The truth behind that cartoon makes me both...

Life Conquering Death

Easter Sunday Death with life contended: Combat strangely ended! Life’s own Champion, slain, yet lives to reign. This 11th century verse sums up the reason we are here today. Death with life contended. We ended church on Friday with Jesus’ limp and lifeless body taken...

A Night of Passages

Easter Vigil Dear friends in Christ: On this most holy night, in which our Lord Jesus passed over from death to life, the Church invites her members, dispersed throughout the world, to gather in vigil and prayer. For this is the Passover of the Lord, in which, by...

A Christlike Betrayal

Good Friday “Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows…He was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed.” The hour is drawing near, and Father Sebastian...

We Were There

Maundy Thursday One day when I was serving a church outside of Chattanooga, I received a letter from a woman I did not know who lived in a state far from Tennessee. Her father, she said, was in a nursing home near my church. He had once been an active and robust man,...

Which Side Are You On?

Palm Sunday A Palm Sunday is often seen as a service of opposites – a liturgy that begins with triumph and ends with death, one that begins with hosannas and ends with grief, one that begins with Jesus surrounded by adoring throngs and ends with him hanging alone on...

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