The Significance of Saturday

Today is Saturday. It’s the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Does today have a name? Easter Eve? Easter Saturday? No, apparently that’s the Saturday after Easter. Even if it has a name, no one that I know does anything religious on it. A lot of churches have Maundy Thursday services, and a...

What’s So Good about Good Friday?

One semester in graduate school I taught Beginning Hebrew to master’s level students at seminary. On this same morning, Good Friday, I woke up in a cloudy mood, and I didn’t know why. At first I dismissed it as the last day of a long week, having to get up early enough to shower, put on a coat and tie, get...

Is Anybody Listening?

In the weeks leading up to Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem, there is a change in his demeanor.  There’s more sadness, he’s perhaps more confrontational yet less optimistic that people are going to get it.  The crowds dwindle, his disciples argue more, and the religious authorities seem to be painting a big...

The Cross as the Response to Evil

“They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” “Learn war.”  That’s an interesting phrase.  Seems we have, all of us. When I was little I just assumed that we would always be at war. ...

Why The Darkness of Holy Week is Necessary

I never really like it when someone tells me, “I’ve got good news, and I’ve got bad news.” Usually the good news is not as good as the bad news is bad. While I like my bad news tempered with good news, I like my good news untempered and untainted by anything bad. I like it when people come to me and say,...

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