The effect is cumulative, a kind of density, the weight of all the stories. Whatever it is, you can feel it, and maybe nowhere more profoundly than Gethsemane
“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 … Continue Reading learning more about faith – on another visit to the hospital
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.
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 … Continue Reading “it is finished” = our call to begin
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 … Continue Reading Easter egg hunts, grandchildren, and Italy (all this and more)
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 … Continue Reading Hosanna in the highest heaven!
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 … Continue Reading A Reflection for Holy Saturday
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 … Continue Reading on being younger and more alive (includes video-post)
[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 … Continue Reading Holy Week: Post Palm Sunday Push-Back for Jesus
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) … Continue Reading Palm Sunday – riding high on a dream
We have guests in our house this week. Rebekah’s cousin Zandra from Georgia, and her husband, Ed, are visiting for a little spring break R&R – she’s a teacher – and it puts us on a semi-vacation footing ourselves. Consequently, later this morning, I’ll be playing my second game of … Continue Reading golf, practice, torn muscles, and Lent
Jesus said, “For a brief time still, the light is among you. Walk by the light you have so darkness doesn’t destroy you. If you walk in darkness, you don’t know where you’re going. As you have the light, believe in the light. Then the light will be within you, … Continue Reading Jerusalem = the perfect balance of people, history, archeology and faith