When Jesus dies so do the dreams of those who counted on Him. Experience with Jesus’ disciples their Saturday of lost hopes.Read more
We all know what hate looks like. But we’re less familiar with sending away hate. Thankfully, sending away hate is most familiar to God.
Sending away hate and substituting love, while a difficult choice, nonetheless makes sense. But sending away self-protectiveness and substituting vulnerability? That seems not only dangerous but stupid.Read more
Confession simply means agreeing with God about our actions. It does not mean atoning for our sins, nor does it earn us forgiveness. Forgiveness is a gift from God.Read more
God models forgiveness for us by sending away hate (and substituting love), by sending away self-protectiveness (and replacing it with vulnerability), and by sending away vengeance (and in its place doing good). Substituting love for hate makes sense (difficult as it is to do). Replacing self-protectiveness with vulnerability raises more concerns. But sending away vengeance and doing good to one who’s wronged us? Nobody wants to do that. It seems so … unfair. It’s so unlike us – and so like God.Read more
From overt malice to cold indifference, enmity is simply a failure to offer bold love. Yet Jesus commands us to love those who don’t love us. How?
“Good Friday goodness.” The phrase seems a crass contradiction. How can goodness and a horrible death share the same space? What’s good about Good Friday?