Category: Lent

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Holy Week: Kick it up a notch!

It’s worth inviting people into this mystical journey of triumph, friendship, tenderness, betrayal, desolation, pain, death, grief, astonishment, and victory. It’s worth it because God is glorified, our faith is enriched, and people are drawn into a deeper relationship with our Lord.

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Of Lent and mercy

Mercy challenges us deeply. Mercy asks me to love the unlovable, to go way beyond nice into the realm of Christlike compassion. To speak of God’s mercy toward us is to remind ourselves that we haven’t earned God’s love, and in fact we have too frequently turned away from it.

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Of the readings for Holy Week

I’ve had two conversations with friends recently in which some confusion was expressed about the proper readings for Holy Week. It’s understandable that there would be some confusion, because the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music for the Episcopal Church has introduced a bit of a mess with the Holy Week readings.

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Things Jesus never said

I’ve been thinking about how easy it is for us to cheapen discipleship to the point it’s no longer recognizable. Certainly I often fail to follow Jesus when it involves risk or great cost, so I’m not pointing the finger at everyone else here.

Of gimmicks and Gospel

Too often, we decide that some gimmickry will make the church interesting. Whether it’s music styles, feel-good therapeutic preaching, or some other way of expressing “relevance” we think that these things will make us...

Palm Sunday: The collision of hope and fear

A couple of days ago, Palm Sunday, I preached at Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati. A few people asked me about my sermon text, which I didn’t have, since I preached without notes. As...

Palm Sunday: Lo, your king comes

From the morning readings of the daily office: “Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he.”

Saturday in the Fifth Week of Lent: Unbind him

From the gospel for the daily office: “The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him,...