Holy Week

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Ending Violence

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Ending Violence

In the Passion, we become the witnesses, not only to the brutality put upon Jesus, but to the violence we impose upon one another. the Crucifixion destroys the justification for violence Good Friday  | John 18:1-19:42 It’s often said the Passion preaches itself. Its power is self-evident. But it doesn’t quite preach like the fire […]

Where do we come in?

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Where do we come in?

The challenge of Palm Sunday is fighting the impulse to skip ahead. But we’re invited not only into a bittersweet day but a whole week which challenges how we see the hope of Christ in our lives. We arrive at Jerusalem with Jesus expecting hope and fear Palm Sunday B  | John 12:12-16 Where do […]

Crossed

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crossed

On Good Friday, we remember the Passion of Christ and the crucifixion of Jesus. But does this remembering do what it intends to? Jesus, Atonement, and the irredeemability of the Cross Good Friday  |  Matthew 26:31-27:66 He warned them. Three times he said what would happen when they got here. To Jerusalem. Three times. Just […]

The Unity Table

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The Unity Table

In Maundy Thursday, we are invited into a corporate act of remembering that does far more than remind us of Jesus, but bring us toward radical unity. How remembering radical welcome embodies the gospel Maundy Thursday  |  Matthew 26:14-30 I never know how I’m supposed to feel today. We know how we’ll feel tomorrow and […]

The Wisdom of Crowds

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The Wisdom of Crowds

And what will be found in the coming days is another crowd made up of the leaders and their followers, who will orchestrate the killing of the new king. The Lord who is mistaken for a peasant, a nothing man, a vagrant, a false prophet. Because he looks the part. Palm Sunday and the revealing […]

True Love

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True Love

Because we’ll paint this picture of Jesus, like an icon, but more like an idol that will stand in for the real Jesus.  A cardboard cutout Christ. The kind of idol that has Jesus suggest we kill rather than love and pray for and show mercy to our friends and enemies and all manner of […]

Jesus’s Love Revolution

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Love Revolution

Superman isn’t swooping in. The heavens aren’t opening and the army of angels are not going to ride in here in front of you and slaughter all of our enemies. The Triumphal Entry and the incarnating of GOD’s dream Palm Sunday C |  Luke 19:28-40 The full text may be downloaded above. For the audio, […]