Holy Week
Posted on March 29, 2015

Holy Week is also sometimes known as Passion Week. It is the week of weeks for Christians. Jesus entered Jerusalem to shouts of “Hosanna!” (which, as we frequently remind, did not mean “Welcome” or even “Praise,” but meant “Save us now!”). So, when He began the week, already the pressure was on to do something big, specifically to save the Hebrews from occupying Roman forces and from corrupt Herodian forces. “Save us now!” That was followed by His public accusations of Herod and his public (and angry) cleansing of the Temple. Those two things alone sealed Jesus’ fate.

Awesome and Amazing
Posted on March 22, 2015

Some words in our culture are wildly overused. At the moment I am thinking of the words "amazing" and "awesome."

Who Wants To Be Normal
Posted on March 15, 2015

I have a friend who will say whenever anyone does something which he finds disagreeable (or even unusual): "That is simply not normal." Whenever he says that to me, I consistently answer: "I have never aspired to be normal,” to which he always responds: "Then you are a smashing success!" I think he’s correct. In fact, I hope so.

Lent
Posted on March 8, 2015

One of the things we think about (or, at least, should think about) during the season of Lent is what we are doing with our lives while we still have them. Even if a person lives to be 100, times races by. The pages of the calendar turn rapidly. And those who are reflective (remember, Lent is a season of self-reflection and self-discovery) often wonder if we are making the most of time while we can.

God's Grace
Posted on March 1, 2015

I woke up this morning at 3:00 a.m. I mean, I was wide awake – it might as well have been 7:00! I drank some lemonade and began to go through all my mental exercises that usually put me back to sleep. They didn’t work. Finally I watched part of an old Cliff Robertson and Lana Turner movie, followed by part of an old Terry Thomas movie. Sometime around 6:00 the movies or the tossing and turning or some combination of all the above put me back to sleep – for a bit. While I was awake, however, I checked the weather app on my phone. It was 5 degrees outside. 5 degrees! As I watched the early morning news, they showed film footage of a Coast Guard cutter upstate breaking its way through the ice-covered Hudson. It looked like a scene from Alaska. When I arrived at the church, the temperature had increased all the way up to 7 degrees.