Palm Sunday is about a different vision for the world, marked by justice, compassion, and peace, instead of injustice, oppression, and violence. Holy Week begins by asking us to choose which world we will live in.
One of the things I love most about the Bible is that after almost thirty-eight years it continues to surprise me.
When you broach the subject of faith and politics (like I did here and here), it tends to lead to more questions about how these two realms (for lack of a better word) interact. For many people the question is should they even interact at all? Can't we just keep God and our politics in … Continue reading God Meets Politics, part one: Render Unto Caesar
For part one, click here. For part two, click here. For part three, click here. Mark 15:33-34, CEB From noon until three in the afternoon the whole earth was dark. At three, Jesus cried out with a loud shout, "Eloi, eloi, lama sabachthani," which means, "My God, my God, why have you left me?" The … Continue reading Famous Last Words: Why Have You Forsaken Me?
For the first word, click here. Luke 23v39-43, CEB One of the criminals hanging next to Jesus insulted him: "Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!" Responding, the other criminal spoke harshly to him, "Don’t you fear God, seeing that you’ve also been sentenced to die? We are rightly condemned, for we are receiving the … Continue reading Famous Last Words: Welcome To Paradise
Luke 23v33-34, CEB When they arrived at the place called The Skull, they crucified him, along with the criminals, one on his right and the other on his left. Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing." They drew lots as a way of dividing up his clothing. The first word … Continue reading Famous Last Words:”Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.”
[Mark 16v1-8] Sunrise. The first day of a new week. Dawn brings the women, the faithful who never left him. The pain of Friday still fresh in their hearts And on their faces. Unexpected scene. Stone rolled back, Jesus' body is missing! A messenger of God brings Good News: He is not here, He has … Continue reading Resurrection Sunday