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Comments from Colossians (1:24-27)

I am glad when I suffer for you in my body, for I am participating in the sufferings of Christ that continue for his body, the church. God has given me the responsibility of serving his church by proclaiming his entire … Continue reading

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Lent – Day 33 – Jesus Questions

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:26) Nothing grips us more intensely or moves us more deeply than this cry of Jesus. Surely the cruelty and barbarity of the Cross was enough to endure, but this … Continue reading

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40 Days in Mark’s Gospel – Day 37

Mark 15:34  “And at three o’clock in the afternoon — after darkness had shrouded the land for three hours — Jesus cried out with a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?’ which is translated ‘My God, My God, why have … Continue reading

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Silence and Fullness

Those years felt barren by every measure. Decade after decade, generation after generation, the seeming absence and silence of God afflicted them. We call it the “intertestamental period”—430 years between the last prophet of the Old Testament (Malachi) and the … Continue reading

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Necessary Suffering

It surprised me. Dr. William Hurlbut, a renowned medical doctor, lecturer, researcher, bioethicist, and committed Christian at Stanford University said it … and I had to think about it. “Not all suffering should be alleviated.” Surely I had misheard. Isn’t … Continue reading

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Lent: Day 39

Good Friday. The phrase drips with irony. We recall betrayal in the early hours of the morning—good. We retell the story of judicial injustice—good. We hear the partisan crowd chanting for blood; “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!”—good. We watch Jesus stripped, … Continue reading

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Lent: Day 28

With Easter looming just two weeks from now, it’s easier to reflect on Jesus’ death than our own. Barbara Cawthorne Crafton has written: “We can scarcely bring ourselves to think about our own end. Only rarely do we allow ourselves … Continue reading

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