Archive for March, 2008

Breaking the Bonds of Hell

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

EASTER SUNDAY  It is truly right and good, always and everywhere, with our whole heart and mind and voice, to praise you, the invisible, almighty, and eternal God, and your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord; for he is the true Paschal Lamb, who at the feast of the Passover paid for us the debt [...]

Waiting

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

HOLY SATURDAY  O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns [...]

I Am Thirsty

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

GOOD FRIDAY  Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had [...]

Shitty Bums & Dirty Feet

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

MAUNDAY THURSDAY It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. The evening meal was being served, and the devil [...]

Critical Submission

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

I accept that no one is free from error, and yet I want to assert that human frailty is not an excuse to resist submission to those in positions of authority. As I see it, our submission is not most essentially to the person in authority, who is frail and fallen, but to the gift [...]

Creative Co-Laborers

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

I imagine that God is pleased when we creatively apply the Gospel to the specific conditions of our lives. The Scriptures do not give us an exhaustive set of ethical rules to abide by. God apparently was silent on many issues, particularly ethical issues, that he could have spoken at length and in great detail [...]

Beyond Us and Essential to Us

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

The life we are called to live as followers of Jesus is supernatural, and not just a matter of natural human choice. The ethic of Jesus is at once beyond us and yet essential to who we are, for it is based upon the being of Jesus, which is anthropneumatic. Jesus is anthropneumatic insofar as [...]

Lord Over Our Sin and Righteousness

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Only Jesus, who is fully God and fully human, is qualified to strip us of all that is false and fallen. Being God, all power and authority are his, and being human, he is able to intimately extend that power and authority within our own being without distorting or destroying our humanity, or our true [...]

Like Throwing a Few Coins

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

Now the company of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things which he possessed was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon [...]