On death and Eugene Peterson

"That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not be served—and then to give away his life in exchange for the many who are held hostage." —Matthew 20:28, The MessageEugene Peterson, author of The Message paraphrase of the Bible, died on October 22, 2018, aged 85. He was a scholar, a ... Continue reading

Grief interrupted

As they led Jesus off, they made Simon, a man from Cyrene who happened to be coming in from the countryside, carry the cross behind Jesus. A huge crowd of people followed, along with women weeping and carrying on. At one point Jesus turned to the women and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, don't cry ... Continue reading

Reconciling Easter

There is an undeniable sweetness about this season. It's the sweetness of bitter winter transformed into carefree spring, of the flowering of dormant flora and days lengthening after months of oppressive darkness. There is even the sweet spectacle of fidgety children and doting grandparents all ... Continue reading

He is risen!

Saturday evening, when the Sabbath ended, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went out and purchased burial spices so they could anoint Jesus' body. Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they went to the tomb. On the way they were asking each other, "Who will roll away the ... Continue reading

Street faith

It was getting on towards 6 pm. I was walking down the main street of this Zapotec Mexican town, looking for the turquoise store that sells roasted chickens.I smelled incense. I've smelled a lot of things here, but this was new. There on my left, in front of the pharmacy, was a small table ... Continue reading

The unbearable lightness of redemption

I know what I did and I don't want forgiveness... I don't deserve it... I can't bring Abner Easley back like he's some stolen chicken; I certainly made sure of that 23 years ago. I don't believe in some god who's going to open his arms to me even if I did. ... Which is why for me, I know I'll never ... Continue reading

Easter people

There are many great posts around the blogosphere about Easter. Here is one from NT professor (Asbury Seminary) Ben Witherington, Rising to the Occasion: Easter Reflections. ... It has been said that Christians are by nature an Easter people, and certainly in all generations of the church belief in ... Continue reading

Cheating death

The disciple famously known as "Doubting Thomas" should probably be renamed "Rational Thomas," or maybe "My-momma- didn't-raise- no-fools" Thomas. When the other disciples report that Jesus is alive, Thomas thinks they've lost their marbles.If you read the Gospel account of the post-crucifixion ... Continue reading