Second Week of Lent

In the second chapter of Acts, a Spirit-filled Peter stands before the crowd and delivers a scintillating summary of the Christian faith. On this week when the hymn leads us to focus on the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ, the traditional Jesus Prayer can provide an answer to the question Peter stirred up in his listeners: “What shall we do?”

Palm/Passion Sunday: THE BIG ONE

Preaching text: Mark 14:1-15:47 Welcome to one of the most confused day of the church year! Are we happy? Are we cheering Hosanna? Are we nailing Jesus to the cross? Are we doing both? How? Why? A quick explanation for the uninitiated: throughout much of church history, this day is Palm Sunday, and the focusContinue reading “Palm/Passion Sunday: THE BIG ONE”

Lent 5: Written on Our Hearts

Preaching text: Jeremiah 31:31-34 I have this problem. It might be unique to clergy who have been steeped in a low anthropology (a fancy way of saying that humanity’s basic moral orientation is toward the crappy). Whenever anyone says something like, “You deserve it” or “But she’s such a good person” or “There are goodContinue reading “Lent 5: Written on Our Hearts”