what Easter is not

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, before daylight makes things clear, the Scriptures say, “Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and other women made their way to the tomb.“ That pre-dawn hour is always the coldest. The creation waits for the sun’s rays to crack the horizon and dance […]

Palms, Parades, and Conflict

Jesus stands in conflict with the ways of this world. Palm Sunday launches a sort of cosmic duel between: light and night, goodness and sin, love and selfishness, peace and violence, freedom and slavery, forgiveness and vengeance, courage and cowardice, hope and despair, life and death. The Prince of Peace enters into the Royal-Temple City: […]

fluttering after Jesus

Every flock has its’ rare birds. After years shepherding the faithful, I realize we have some unique specimens in this flock that flaps and flutters after Jesus Christ. Martin Luther spoke of our Christian species as a sort of cross-breeding: sinner and saint The longer I serve the more stories of strange rare specimens I […]