What do you do when God leaves you hanging?

“From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 46And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’” | Matthew 27.45-46, NRSV “Has anyone seen God?”  Jill M. Hudson writes in Congregational Trauma: caring, coping and […]

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This is a good Friday

“I’ll do it when I’m good and ready.” “It’s just not the right time. I need more time.” But in matters of faith, we are never truly good or really ready. Filthy rag righteousness, we could never clean up the mess we’ve made on our own. The Apostle Paul tells the truth and shames us […]

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Be of Service

“2 The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, 4 got up from the table, took off his outer robe, […]

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We Call This Friday Good

The dripping blood our only drink, The bloody flesh our only food: In spite of which we like to think That we are sound, substantial flesh and blood– Again, in spite of that, we call this Friday good. ~ T.S. Eliot, From “Easter Coker,” 1943 It is both strange and mysterious that we call this […]

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Thank God for Good Friday!

We call it Good Friday.  It might be considered an oxymoron given what happened to Jesus more than two thousand years ago.  He was falsely arrested, savagely beaten, mercilessly mocked and crucified without apology.  He looked out and the crowd of more than 5,000 that he had fed were not there.  He looked down and […]

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