Blood on my Hands

When I heard that we were receiving communion as a church staff, I was thankful.  I needed it.  I was wearied from two stressful weeks of constant ministry. Lots of counseling, lots of planning, lots of situations in which I had no idea what to do.  I was tired.  That morning, it had taken...

He is Risen Indeed!

It was Easter Sunday in 1972.  My grandfather was preparing to sing an Easter cantata with his church choir when he suffered a stroke and collapsed.  On the following Sunday, he went to be with the Lord.  I never met my grandfather, but I’ve heard countless stories from my mother about...

Cabin in the Woods &...

I have been waiting to review one of my favorite movies from 2012 for quite some time, Cabin in the Woods. As soon as I saw it I knew I needed to blog about it, and more importantly, I knew I needed to review it this week—Holy week. Perhaps you’re thinking, this is totally random; why...

A Mindful Lent

On this Holy Monday, I cannot help but to remember this past Lent with joy. These past few weeks have been some of the most peaceful days I’ve had in a very long time. In short, my goal for Lent was a bit secular in nature, as it was to be more mindful. I hung up verses throughout my house...

Happy Resurrection Day! (Again) Apr15

Happy Resurrection D...

Last week the Western world of Christianity celebrated Easter. Today is the day that Orthodox Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. Therefore it is worthwhile to celebrate the Resurrection again! (Of course we ought to celebrate Easter every day!). In light of the holiday I’d...

For Freedom Christ h...

לכן אמר לבני־ישׂראל אני יהוה והוצאתי אתכם מתחת סבלת מצרים והצלתי אתכם מעבדתם וגאלתי אתכם בזרוע נטויה ובשׁפטים ג     (Exodus 6:6) On the night on which He was betrayed, while their bold and often...

What Happened After ...

Following a day of worship, Easter egg hunts and family dinners (the odd combination of which deserves a blog post all its own), you might be ready to dive back into your weekly routine. But don’t miss what happened after Easter. In the rush to return to normalcy, take time to reflect on the...

Seeing the Resurrect...

It’s 62 A.D. and James “the Just” (the brother of Jesus), stands atop the parapet[1] of the Temple. Festus, the Roman provincial governor, has just died and his replacement, Albinus, has yet to arrive in Jerusalem to restore order. The Jewish Sanhedrin seize this opportune time to strike...

Purge Weekend: Fight...

In the past three years, I have moved three times. Each time I call upon the great physical strength of my friends – an area I am decidedly lacking in – and then offer them pizza. They don’t care about the pizza; it’s just a gesture. As we lug all of mine and my wife’s stuff down...

Meditating on Maundy...

What is the Biblical concept of remembrance? Well, let’s warm up: Growing up, what do you remember doing with your family for Easter traditions? For some, Easter Egg hunts are almost certainly a part of the picture. Perhaps you remember the annual gifting of some pastel-ey Easter basket...

The Parable of the J...

Last week I discussed the implications that Jesus’ resurrection has for the animal kingdom. I concluded that the animals that lived on this earth will be in the new earth and will experience a resurrection just like all of mankind. If you are curious as to how I came to these conclusions...