‘Christus Victor!’ ~ Easter Sermon

The Resurrection of Christ, celebrated and proclaimed throughout the world last Sunday is the height of joy and new life in Christ! Here is Sunday’s sermon from Christ Church.  Below is the translation of a portion of  J.S. Bach’s Cantata for Easter and a link you may enjoy of a performance of his Easter music […]

Not like any other Week!

“Holy Week” (Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem through Resurrection Sunday) is so called because it marks the climax of God’s Grand Story of Redemption. It is Holy – “Set apart!” Here are some ways to engage this week as truly set apart, holy, special: Come to as many of the services and Arts nights as possible. [Our vision for […]

Poetry Monday – Humility and hope in a broken world

I try to always read some poetry on my day off – my Sabbath Monday. This poem by Anne Porter struck me in a unique way. It reminds me of my part in the brokenness inflicted by sin. My “blind complicity” as she says in the third stanza. How I dismiss people in their wounded […]

Live with the end in mind!

Eschatology – or the study of “Last Things,” has often been mis-applied. What the Bible tells us about the end of all things is not to make us speculate or to make us panic and evacuate.  Rather it is about living NOW in light of the in-breaking of Christ and His Kingdom! It’s about being […]

Jesus pulled me up by the wrist

Holy Week and Easter Sunday were glorious times for our church. In the sermon Sunday, (available here) I used, as I have for many years, the icon of the Resurrection, originating in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Christ has smashed the gates of Hades (or death) and fashioned them as a bridge over the pit of […]