learning more about faith – on another visit to the hospital

“For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling…” – 2 Corinthians 5 This morning I’m back with my familiar friend, Wake Med! This time it’s with my mum. We went … Continue reading learning more about faith – on another visit to the hospital

be a Holy Week Jesus radical and reject “business as usual”

Don’t be radically political… or radically loud in your “witnessing;” don’t be obnoxious for Jesus… Instead try being radically kind, exorbitantly generous, prodigiously loving, enormously humble, outrageously peaceful, boundlessly self-sacrificing, extraordinarily submissive – radically like Jesus. Continue reading be a Holy Week Jesus radical and reject “business as usual”

“it is finished” = our call to begin

The season of Lent presents a progression of ever-increasing opportunity when it comes to deepening our spiritual walk. Six-weeks for preparation; eight-days of Holy Week; three days if your observance begins with Good Friday. For me, one of the most moving is “Maundy Thursday,” and the occasion of The Last Supper. For many Christians, it’s an event that’s not really on their radar. Ash Wednesday … Continue reading “it is finished” = our call to begin

Easter egg hunts, grandchildren, and Italy (all this and more)

People were bringing children to Jesus so that he would bless them. But the disciples scolded them. When Jesus saw this, he grew angry and said to them, “Allow the children to come to me. Don’t forbid them, because God’s kingdom belongs to people like these children. I assure you that whoever doesn’t welcome God’s kingdom like a child will never enter it.” Then he … Continue reading Easter egg hunts, grandchildren, and Italy (all this and more)

Hosanna in the highest heaven!

It’s Palm Sunday! I’m back home! I’ll share guest blogger Rebekah Maul’s Lenten devotion for today. Peace – DEREK “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”  “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! “Hosanna in the highest heaven!”  Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went … Continue reading Hosanna in the highest heaven!

A Reflection for Holy Saturday

It may be “Easter Saturday” today, with beautiful sunshine, clear air, and Easter-egg hunts around the church campus, but I still can’t get Good Friday out of my head. I have always felt the crucifixion more profoundly the day after Good Friday than the day itself. Maybe it’s because, like the disciples, it takes a little while for the weight of it to sink in. … Continue reading A Reflection for Holy Saturday

on being younger and more alive (includes video-post)

Here’s the “Wednesday Video-post.” Same message, different slant: “Holy Week, New Life Every Day!“ Today is Wednesday of “Holy Week.” However, and despite: being deliberate about my observance of Lent, reading daily devotions from The Upper Room, receiving Lenten Treasures every evening from our church, reading entire books of the New Testament each week for my Everyday Christianity class, and re-reading the text of my … Continue reading on being younger and more alive (includes video-post)

Holy Week: Post Palm Sunday Push-Back for Jesus

[Jesus] is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. (Hebrews 1:3) Along with all the buzz and excitement of yesterday’s Palm Sunday celebration (BTW, the choir rocked!), my “Everyday Christianity” Sunday study group enjoyed a very productive hour discussing the New Testament book of Hebrews. To date, during 2013, my … Continue reading Holy Week: Post Palm Sunday Push-Back for Jesus

Palm Sunday – riding high on a dream

The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!” (John 12) Today has always been one of my favorite Sundays of the year. I love the … Continue reading Palm Sunday – riding high on a dream