Mary Magdalene, Mary mother of James (and possibly other women) had come to the tomb of their teacher and friend. The earth shook and rumbled with an awesome force. Something great was about to happen. A holy being suddenly appeared. Surprise! This strong and mighty angel was bursting with bright light and illuminated the atmosphere.… Read More Big Easter surprises
Between Friday and Sunday, the world stopped. The earth shook. Thunder and lightening beamed and rumbled across the earth. A people in bewilderment wondered what in the world has just happened? Jesus was hung on the cross and was forced to accept his own death–to be killed. He had once told the leaders of the… Read More On Saturday when the world stopped
We wonder about how people in this world can inflict such pain on others. We wonder about how evil can exist in this world. Think of the most evil person in the world. We point out the evil and call it out and name it. It’s especially horrifying when evil is done to us. Truth… Read More That unsightly zit
As people, we want to believe that humans are innately good and born pure. We prefer to imagine ourselves far away from the sins that only the worst of sinners commit. The more heinous the sin, the more we distance ourselves from these sins. We do this all the time. Ever catch yourself outspokenly critical… Read More The human condition: infection of original sin – Luke 18:9-14
The Source and Defender of our Rights and Freedoms In Canada, we have been inherently endowed with human rights and freedoms. We recognize these rights and freedoms not because we received any of it from the state. We recognize these freedoms as blessings from the Sovereign One. It is from the Sovereign who graciously provides… Read More The Source of our Rights and Freedoms
Moses gave one of the Ten Commandments: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (Exodus 20:16). Lawyers use terms like libel, defamation or false witness. Today, we tend to use words like lie, smear, vilify, and character assassination. The term slander isn’t used as widely these days. 16th century theologian Martin Luther said:… Read More Ten Commandments: Do not slander
I might be a hypenated Christian. I serve under the Baptists today although I was trained and ordained in the Lutheran church. I originally came from the evangelical and pentecostal churches. Some might call me a Bapti-costal or a crypto-Lutheran, Bapto-Lutheran or Luther-costal, or whatever hyphenated Christian. I meet many people who are no longer… Read More Are you a “hypenated-Christian”?
Hallelujah! He is risen! He is risen indeed! On Easter Sunday, we in Christ, will say together “He is risen!” Why do we do this each Easter morning? The witnesses in scripture told the disciples that Jesus is risen from the dead. Matthew 28:6-7 says, “He is not here; he has risen, just as he… Read More Why do we say, “He is Risen”?
If you ever watched a Jesus movie with his crucifixion and noticed a sign above his head says INRI (Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum). This means Jesus Nazareth, King of the Jews. Before his execution, Jesus was flogged, which was a customary practice intended to weaken a victim before crucifixion. Crucifixion was an especially painful method… Read More Good Friday – when they crucified our Lord – INRI
The central observance of Holy Thursday is the ritual reenactment of the Last Supper. The holy day falls on the Thursday before Easter and is part of Holy Week. Jesus celebrated the dinner as a Passover feast. The Last Supper was the final meal Jesus shared with his Disciples in Jerusalem. During the meal, Jesus predicted… Read More Wishing those a blessed Holy Thursday