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Good Friday Christ's Cross: ‘Of First Importance‘
On some points of doctrine, honest Christians honestly disagree. On one point, however, all do agree: The cross lies at the very heart of the Christian message.
Reflection | April 06, 2012
Hands To Worship and Embrace the One We Crucified
Consider the amazing dexterity of our hands. With them we care for our bodies: we wash, feed and groom ourselves. Think, too, of our remarkable ability with our hands to bring blessing or cursing upon others, to help them or to inflict deep hurt. The power of touch, whether for good or ill, is immense.
Reflection | March 16, 2012
Feet to Follow Jesus
Jesus, who willingly directed his feet to walk that difficult path of obedience marked out for him by his heavenly Father, endured heavy opposition from enemies as a result. Be clear, therefore: When Jesus bids a person to follow him, he doesn’t present the call as something of an attractive bargain.
Reflection | March 13, 2012
Planning and Leading Worship for Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost
A course from this syllabus examines how Christian worship both expresses and shapes our understanding of the life of Jesus Christ, with particular attention given to how celebrations of Advent, Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, Ascension and Pentecost reflect assumptions about the doctrines of incarnation, atonement, and ecclesiology.
Article | March 12, 2012
Eyes to Behold Our Savior's Grandeur
Eyes are for seeing. Good eyes can see well; bad eyes, less well; blind eyes, not at all.
Reflection | Audio | March 02, 2012
The Radiant Preciousness of Jesus Series
During this Lenten season, I intend to focus these meditations on the radiant preciousness of our Lord Jesus Christ and his love-driven willingness to endure cruel suffering and death in order to bring us new life.
Reflection | Audio | February 21, 2012
Holy Week Resource Guide
This list of Holy Week resources—art, music, devotions, liturgies, books, and sermons—will help you plan worship for Holy Week, beginning with Palm Sunday and ending with triduum, the three days that mark Jesus’ trial, death, and resurrection, from the evening of Maundy Thursday through Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter morning.
Resource Guide | April 01, 2011
Chapel for Lent: Morning Prayer
A chapel outline for morning prayer.
Worship Service | March 11, 2011
Songs for Lent
A list of songs to shape Lent. These songs range from prayers of confession to cries of lament to expressions of trust and praise for God’s grace.
Article | March 04, 2011
Books for Lent
An overview of books that are useful for lent preparation, meditation, and reflection.
Article | March 04, 2011
Ash Wednesday Worship
A worship service of repentance and renewal for Ash Wednesday
Worship Service | February 22, 2011
Practices for Observing Lent
Several resources focused on preparing to celebrate Lent.
Article | February 22, 2011
Yes and No: Lent and the Reformed Faith Today
Living as faithful disciples of Jesus requires making a lot of judgment calls.
Article | February 11, 2011
Coop's Column - So Marred, So Beautiful
Their suffering Savior’s immense love for them, far beyond their mind’s feeble ability to grasp or comprehend, now prompts Christians to worship him
Reflection | January 14, 2011
From Burdened to Blessed
This liturgy has three movements: confession, assurance, and rededication.
Article | December 14, 2010