Tag Archive | Good Friday

Christmas Isn’t my Favorite Holiday (a Truth and a Lie)

Christmas isn’t my favorite holiday. This is the truth but also a lie. It’s the truth because from a Christian perspective Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday edge out Christmas for the holy days closest to my heart. When I share the Gospel, I emphasize the belief in salvation through Christ alone. This makes Good Friday […]

My Favorite Holiday

My Favorite Holiday

  There’s a difference between favorite celebrations and holidays. My favorite celebration is probably Christmas followed by Halloween. But that’s from the context of cultural and secular fun. Gifts, food, movies, traditions, candy, and costumes. Even this weekend, the most fun part was celebrating my daughter’s eighth birthday with her first sleepover and doing all […]

Not Forsaken

  What can I say about Good Friday that hasn’t already been said? I suppose I could go on about how I was assigned to read Matthew 27:39–46 in worship, so I spent a chunk of Thursday learning to pronounce the Hebrew part. Or I could just give you this link to “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani,” […]

The Good Friday on which I truly mourned

The Good Friday on which I truly mourned

Good Friday is a difficult holiday. Like Yom Kippur, it’s not something one “celebrates.” It’s something one “observes.” Tenebrae services are somber, yet once they are over, it’s easy to go home and return to “normal” life. That day, and the day that follows, should be ones of solemn contemplation. Yet we get up and […]

Thinking About Easter

Thinking About Easter

Spring is my favorite season. I hate being cold. I would much rather be too hot than too cold. Oh, I know, I’ve heard all the arguments about how you can always put on more layers but you can only take so much, and I’ve heard the explanations of how pretty the snow is, and […]

Toward an understanding of the atonement

Toward an understanding of the atonement

For several years now, I’ve been leading a Sunday school class that’s made up largely of ladies older than me, which means it’s difficult to find lessons that will challenge them. They are usually a step ahead of me, to the point that I often consider the point of the lesson to just ask them […]

I Have Called You, My Friends

Music is my muse. One of them. That was going to be my post for today. Not so much. I’ll keep it in mind. *************************************************************** “No one has greater love than this, than to lay down his life for his friends…I have called you friends.”(John 15:13,15). I wrote a short poem on racism and unity […]