The Words After That

In my last few posts, I’ve written about some of Jesus’ last words as he died on the cross. After Jesus spoke his final word, he breathed his...

“It Is Finished”

The Gospels of Matthew and Mark tell us that, as he breathed his last, Jesus cried out with a loud voice. Yet neither records what he said. John’s...

The Promise of Jesus’ Words, “Today You Will Be With Me In Paradise”

Jesus’ response to the dying criminal’s plea for mercy, “Today you will be with me in Paradise” in Luke 23, speaks to us about heaven and...

“I Thirst”: More Here Than Meets The Eye

Among the seven last statements of Jesus recorded in the gospels is one that, at first glance, seems almost insignificant.  Shortly before his death...

“My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?”

In my last post, we looked at one of the last of Jesus’ seven statements. Today, we look at the one statement that is, for many, the most moving,...

“Father, Forgive Them …”

I have been with dozens of people as they were approaching death. A person’s dying words sometimes simply express his or her needs: “Could you...

What Should Be Done About ISIS?

I have had several of you write me regarding Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly’s call for pastors to speak about ISIS (click here to see the...

It Was Not a Silent Night

In 1816, an Austrian priest named Josef Mohr wrote the words to a Christmas carol for his own congregation, to be sung on Christmas Eve: “Silent...

Mary, Full of Grace

My new Advent book, Not a Silent Night, looks at Jesus through the eyes of Mary.  Chapter one begins at the end of Mary’s life and each successive...

A Defining Moment

In the last few posts, we’ve been looking at Christmas through Mary’s eyes. We began by considering Mary’s perspective on Christmas...

The Piercing of Mary’s Soul

About fifteen years before Mary’s death, she watched her son die. It was the day we now call Good Friday, but to Mary there was nothing...

The Hope of Resurrection

At the Church of the Resurrection each year in December, we hold a special worship service for everyone who lost a loved one that year. We recognize...

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