5 Lent 2022

The Gospel of John speaks of “the disciple whom Jesus loved” and we all assume it is John the apostle.  Popular literary works and the musical Jesus Christ Superstar would have us believe that Mary of Magdala was Jesus’ most devoted disciple, and she certainly was faithful in her devotion, but for me, I haveContinue reading “5 Lent 2022”

2 Lent 2022

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character,Continue reading “2 Lent 2022”

Lent 1 2022

Tithing, Temptation, and Calling on the Name of the Lord.  I usually don’t try to force together three obviously unrelated passages, but all scripture must be read in context of the whole and these just may have more to do with each other than a quick first read might indicate. So, let’s begin with theContinue reading “Lent 1 2022”

Good Friday 2021

Several times in the gospels, Jesus challenges one or more people to “take up [your] cross, and follow me.”  This challenge is found in all three of the synoptic gospels, and occurs long before Jesus is crucified.  So what did the cross represent before Jesus’ crucifixion?  What was Jesus telling the people to do? CrucifixionContinue reading “Good Friday 2021”

Maundy Thursday 2021

Many of you may remember Art Linkletter and his radio and film clips called “Kids Say the Darndest Things.”  It was later picked up by Bill Cosby for a couple years in the late 1990’s.  They were funny, because the children unabashedly spoke the truth they had witnessed or experienced, often in ways adults foundContinue reading “Maundy Thursday 2021”

5 Lent 2021

Wednesday night, during our CS Lewis study, we talked about “tokens” or symbols and some ways we use them and how powerful they can be.  I was in Food Lion the other day and the man behind me noticed the cross around the neck of the woman behind him and immediately started asking her whereContinue reading “5 Lent 2021”

Lent 3 2021

How do you picture Jesus?  Today’s reading is sometimes difficult for people because we tend to picture Jesus as what in literature one would call a flat or underdeveloped character.  We like the wise teacher who is kind to children, but we shy away from the strong, assertive, and sometimes rigid aspects of his personality. Continue reading “Lent 3 2021”