Apr 25

The Risky Witness of Love

The Glory of God is nothing less than the Love of the Father for the Son. It’s a beautiful Love, a Love that radiates with a brightness outshining even the sun. The Glory of God is a Love so deep, so full, so true, so real that God’s Glory, God’s Love, has a Name, and that Name is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit just is God’s Love, the Love of the Father for the Son, the Love of the Son for the Father, the Love of God for us, God’s creatures. The Glory of God is the Holy Spirit, who is the Love of God. Continue reading

Apr 19

Out of the Sheepfold with the Good Shepherd

Alleluia! We are in the midst of Eastertide, the season of Easter, fifty days from Easter to Pentecost. Other than Ordinary Time, Eastertide is the longest season of the church year, longer than Advent, longer than Epiphany, longer than Lent. So often we treat Easter like a single day, a one-day holiday before it’s back to life as usual. But Eastertide, the season of Easter, draws us each Sunday to celebrate with joy the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Risen Christ is among us! Alleluia! Continue reading

Apr 11

The Two Ways

Alleluia! Jesus Christ is risen from the dead! He has appeared, to Mary Magdalene in the garden, to Cleopas and his companion on the road to Emmaus, to the Eleven in the Upper Room, to Thomas a week later. Jesus has appeared; Jesus is risen from the dead! Earth-shattering news: the world is different now; everything has changed! Nothing can be the same again—nothing! My Lord, and my God! Continue reading

Mar 31

The Freedom of God

They heard the story, but to them it seemed like an idle tale. The women, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and others, had visited Jesus’ tomb. Instead of a body, though, they had found an empty grave, the stone rolled away, and two angels announcing Christ’s resurrection. Amazing! Wonderful! Could it be true?! But all the disciples heard was an idle tale, a desperate story with no substance, no possible reality behind it. Dead is dead—everyone knows that. Modern skeptics have scoffed at the resurrection—no one rises from the dead—as if this were a recent discovery, but even these first-century backwater disciples knew that dead is dead, and Jesus is dead. Continue reading

Mar 31

Resurrection Garden

In the beginning, when God created the world, he set a garden in the midst of his creation. This garden was the vibrant center of the world, a place of flourishing and peace for all creatures. God set human beings in this garden to tend it, to be gardeners of the first garden of God. Human beings, from the very start, had a vocation, a calling: tend the earth, care for God’s creation, live in harmony with one another and all that God has made. Being a gardener in Eden was more than having a menial task, more than pruning and weeding and picking and mowing. Being a gardener was a royal task, a work equal to the dignity and stature of being made in the image and likeness of God. Being a gardener was to bring glory to God. Here would be creatures, bearing God’s image, doing God’s work, in the midst of God’s good creation. Continue reading