Resurrection Sunday +1: When Things Got Real

It's the most important question you'll ever ask yourself. Who is Jesus of Nazareth? It's a two-thousand-year-old question, and it started with the people of Israel when Jesus lived here on earth. In those brief three years of Jesus' public ministry, God led many to quickly recognize Jesus' true identity.  When Jesus came to the…

No. 8 – Walking on a Sunday Afternoon (Luke 24:18-35)

Let's join in a little "holy imagination...." Cleopas pounded the dust off his sandal, and looked out the window at another Sunday morning in Jerusalem. "If we have to walk home today, at least the weather's decent," he thought, as his wife Mary tied the last bundle to their donkey. It had not been the…

No. 8 – Walking on a Sunday Afternoon (Luke 24:18-35), Part 2

Epiphany. That's a big word. How about "an a-ha moment?" Whatever you call it, that's what I experienced the day it dawned on me that the Old Testament was all about Jesus. All of the old stories were no longer just allegorical tales about good people. Those stories became signposts, markers that point to Jerusalem,…

Resurrection Week: On a Cross Beside Jesus (Luke 24:32-43)

I'm thankful every minute of my life that Jesus died for me on that cross.  I know that if God had chosen, he could have punished me for my sins instead of punishing Jesus.  But Christ's atoning death satisfied my sin debt, and the debt of everyone else in the world who believes in Him.  Because…

Resurrection Week: The Water, The Bowl, and the Teachable Moment

Jesus had a lot of opportunities to teach his disciples while on Earth. Object lessons, lessons that couldn't be learned in any way other than being in his presence. Like Peter walking on the water, but then sinking when he took his eyes off Jesus. There were miraculous creations of wine and food, healings, and…

Resurrection Week 2021

One of my favorite topics over the years has been Easter week and Jesus Christ's resurrection. So during the next few days, I'll repost a few of my favorite Resurrection Week posts from the recent past, looking into what Jesus' death, burial, resurrection, and appearance to his disciples means to believers, and to those who…

Sunday Perspectives: Compact Creativity

Here’s to the makers of American decorative signs, who express complete thoughts of wit, humor, and inspiration in the smallest possible spaces. Finally, someone really gets me. Don’t ask me how few. Here, have some more potato salad... ‘Nuff said there. Just ask my 14-week old puppy! And speaking of the pup, here she is!…

No. 9: Who’s Your Neighbor? (Luke 10:25-37)

"Pa," young James asked, "how can I love my neighbor?" The candle flickered in the draft from the January wind invading the cabin, piercing the post-suppertime darkness like a beacon. His father took a long draw from his pipe and looked up from his month-old newspaper. In 1805, it took the papers from back east…

Sunday Perspectives

Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, don’t be discouraged, for the Lord God will be with you wherever you go. - Joshua 1:9 Gratefully, 2020 will soon be over. So, as we “go” into 2021, take Joshua 1:9 with you as one of God’s promises for the new year. Yes, 2020 was rough,…