Category Archives: Lent

After Easter, Now What?

What a celebration of Jesus’ death and resurrection this past weekend! I am so grateful for the beauty of the music — our string quartet, worship team and Easter choir all used their gifts to bring us into God’s presence … Continue reading

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Journeying to the Cross

Jesus calls us to a cross not a couch. This Holy Week, we carry our cross not by the strength of our resolve but in weakness and dependence. No wonder Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a weak donkey not a … Continue reading

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A Greater Upset

How does the cross upset everything? Last week, the greatest upset in NCAA men’s basketball history happened. Unknown UMBC defeated heavily favored Virginia. What 135 teams failed to do, UMBC accomplished on try 136. But a greater upset in sports … Continue reading

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Great Things for God? Seek Them Not

When I was in college, I wanted to do something great for God. Today, I’m not so sure. Recently, I was with a gathering of pastors sharing their hearts for their churches. The younger pastors in the room wanted to … Continue reading

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Valentine, Ashes and Cigars

  Today is both Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday. While the ashes of repentance on Ash Wednesday contrast with the sappy feelings of romance on Valentine’s Day, could there be more than meets the eye? Long before Valentine’s Day was … Continue reading

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Others Over Self

      Christ calls us to a cross not a couch. Yet often we want Christ to do for us, believing that Jesus came to make us comfortable. Yet God did not send his one and only Son to … Continue reading

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Passionate Preparations (Luke 22:1-23)

Obligations. This is not an exciting word. We often see obligations as a burden to be shed for exciting opportunities of self-fulfillment. In Luke 22:1–23, though, “opportunity” is negative and obligations are positive!  Judas Iscariot and the religious leaders see … Continue reading

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