The Ascension – Jesus is ‘not on sabbatical!’

The Feast of the Ascension, deserves more attention, as we were reminded in last Sunday’s sermon, Is Jesus Really in Charge? Someone has said, “Ascension isn’t Jesus ‘on sabbatical’ until the Second Coming!” It marks, after Jesus’s conquest of death, his cosmic exaltation. In the Anglican and other traditions, prayers often end with reference to Jesus “who lives […]

Christ is Risen AND Ascended!

This is Ascension Day! It is the most neglected yet essential day in the church calendar. We should greet one another today (or this Sunday) with “Christ is Ascended!” Our response could be, “Yes, He is Lord of all!” We experience Jesus now without seeing him! (Just like all disciples since the resurrection) Jesus was not resuscitated only to die […]

Will we Suffer Well?

I preached on  Suffering Well last Sunday.  I later heard that upon hearing my sermon theme, my daughter whispered in my wife’s ear, “Wow, ‘Suffering Well‘ – –  Happy Mother’s Day!” Suffering is indeed part of the joy of Christian Discipleship. It is, as Luther said, a way we grow – along with the Scriptures and […]

A Sonnet for ‘Ascension Day’

Today marks the Ascension of Christ in the Western Church – 40 days after Jesus’ resurrection. Why is it so vital (and yet often neglected?)  Read this post: “Why the Ascension Matters To Our Mission.” I’d like to share a poem – a  sonnet – that draws out the profound beauty and power of Christ’s […]

Why the Ascension matters for our mission!

40 days after Jesus’ resurrection, (Thursday) Luke records that Jesus ascended to the right hand of the Father. (Acts 1) O Christ our God, upon fulfilling Your appointed work for our sake, You ascended in Glory, uniting the earthly with the heavenly…. and cried out to those who love You, “I am with you and no […]

The Ascension of Christ – or – “Who’s Really in Charge Here?”

O Christ our God, upon fulfilling Your appointed work for our sake, You ascended in Glory, uniting the earthly with the heavenly…. and cried out to those who love You, “I am with you and no one is against you.” (ancient hymn for the Feast of the Ascension) “Out of control!”  It’s a phrase I hear […]