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The Meaning of Easter


What would you say, if asked to describe the meaning of Easter? And let’s make it a bit of a challenge: your answer can only fill 53 seconds of time. Why 53 seconds? It’s the amount of time allotted for my radio show podcasts. What would you say? Here’s my answer: An Easter song says, […]

Take Up Your Cross


In Mark 8:34 Jesus says, “If any want to become my followers, let them take up their cross, deny themselves and follow me.” What does that mean? Rev Jim Kok says, “We take up our cross, deny ourselves and follow Jesus when we set aside our fears, business, agendas, claims of inadequacy, and other excuses […]

The Crooked Crook on Good Friday


He was a bad guy. That crooked crook, hanging on a cross next to Jesus was a real bad guy. As Max Lucado writes in his book, No Wonder They Call Him the Savior , “If anyone was ever worthless, this one was. If any man ever deserved dying, this man probably did. If any fellow […]

Honoring Jesus


Palm Sunday is the day we remember the “triumphal entry” of Jesus into Jerusalem, exactly one week before His resurrection (Matthew 21:1-11). “A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.”  Why did they spread their cloaks and put psalm branches […]

Building A New You


The good news of Ash Wednesday and Lent is that we can, with God’s help, rebuild and become more and more the person God wants us to be. We have disappointed and hurt God, other people, God’s natural world and ourselves. However, through the cross, Jesus says to each one of us, “I love you. I forgive you. Now go and be the person I created you to be.”

Lent: Fasting and Feasting


How would you explain Ash Wednesday to another person?

The following is my attempt:

On Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of Lent, the pastor applies ashes in the shape of the cross on the forehead of each participant while speaking the words, “For dust you are and to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:19