Archive for April, 2011

Holy Saturday Meditation

1 Peter 4:1-8 My Systematic Theology professor in seminary was a small woman with short gray hair. She was one of the kindest and most humble people I’ve ever met. She could also knock you over with her brilliance. Her name is Kate Sonderegger. Given the heady nature of the subject, sometimes you might find […]

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A sermon for Good Friday

Preached at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Austin, TX John 18:1-19:42 Peter always seems like a tragic figure to me. He is filled with enthusiasm, but is so lacking at the same time. Now Peter’s most famous mistake is when he denies Jesus three times before the cock crows. But throughout the gospel, he doesn’t seem […]

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Good Friday post #2

When surrounded by apparent meaninglessness, therefore, we cannot ask to be given a calming sense of meaning; all we can do is wait and endure, quite still, like the Crucified, not seeing anything, facing the dark abyss of death. Beyond this abyss there waits for us something that, at present, we cannot see (nor can […]

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Good Friday

“Many do not believe. Many men hate the Cross because it means a salvation not of their own choosing or making, but rather of God’s grace and his mercy. Men hate the Cross because it means a salvation which is unearned, undeserved, unmerited. Men would much prefer God to punish them than to forgive them […]

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Maundy Thursday

“Our healing lies in obedient acceptance of God’s will; but this is no bland resignation. It is a change wrought by anguish, darkness, and stripping. If we believe we can experience our healing without deepening our hurt, we have understood nothing of the roots of our faith. Jesus’ obedience in the circumstances of his earthly […]

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