In spite of recent developments and whatever new developments may come to light, the purpose for Christians remains. We must not grow fearful or suspicious of our neighbors; Jesus gives us the soul force to love our neighbors.
Holy Week is not a celebration of long ago events. It is the reliving of Christ's Passion and Resurrection in the present.
The final week in Jesus' life included especially great depths and heights: He faced a dark night of the soul in Gethsemane, a torturous cross and, ultimately, a glorious resurrection. Identifying with Jesus in His journey keeps us focused and faithful in ours.
Walter Brueggemann on Lent, Good Friday, Easter and the "shutdown" of the way it used to be: an invitation to neighborliness and newness.
I am increasingly convinced that there are three kinds of churches and that these three church types exist across denominations and worship styles, from small churches to megachurches, in rural and urban settings alike.
"The app says kissing is a form of sexual activity and that's an exercise," I countered. "By the way, if we ramp it up to 'active, vigorous sex' for three hours, we will burn 514 calories."
We can turn the darkness around us in the brightness of noon, as the Prophet Isaiah said, if we live out the core principles of compassion and peace that are shared by the world's great religions.
On Friday I attended an exhibit opening for a young artist who has schizophrenia. If only President Obama could have attended, because events like these would go a long way toward decreasing the stigma surrounding those with mental illness.
Jesus' resurrection is not merely a spiritual thing -- the apparition of his ghost, or his ongoing spiritual influence. The Gospels all insist that the resurrection includes Jesus' body.
Not only does God stand with those who are suffering. God also stands with those who are suffering and cannot return the favor. Whether I could drag myself to church made not one iota of difference to this solidarity.
Jesus tried to teach us this more than once. What he told us to do in remembrance of him was to share a meal. To break bread, sit down and eat.
Survive and advance is one mantra of teams in the NCAA basketball tournament culminating in the Final Four. One strategy for churches struggling in a sports-obsessed culture may be a similar strategy: Adapt and advance.
Jacada Travel and the team turned the ripe old age of five-years-old this month, and with the upcoming Easter weekend and Spring break we've been thinking quite a lot about how many people (including our clients) use travel and great trips to celebrate a multitude of occasions.
Why is the whole world so moved by images of this embrace? A woman in the Square, moved to tears by the embrace, perhaps answered it best when she said to my wife afterward, "You know, your son is here to show people how to love."
It is clear that I must now make a new home for myself within my own heart. There I must create a door that is always open, a light that burns eternally, a spark that cherishes my name, and a blessing of continual self-forgiveness.
Long story short, if I am doing my mothering job properly, my boy will some day come to recognize and appreciate the glory of Spring himself. He will know that life is universal and that its cyclical nature is confirmation of something to be celebrated.