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Image | March 28, 2017
Introducing Lent: A Season of Preparation and Repentance
Through deliberate forms of self-denial, Christians in Lent open their hearts to the self-giving grace of Jesus Christ and their own union with Christ.
Reflection | March 06, 2017
Fasting: A cross-cultural perspective on the season of Lent
The Season of Lent brings to mind the historical practice of fasting, of “giving up” something in order to “take up” something else.
Article | October 30, 2014
Top Ten Songs for Lent
Four pastors and church musicians list their top songs for Lent. You can find most of these songs on Hymnary.org or YouTube.
Article | January 16, 2014
Taka Ashida on Worshiping with the Christian Year
Taka Ashida describes why he recommends worshiping with the Christian Year.
Conversation | October 04, 2013
Kevin Soodsma on Worshiping with the Christian Year
Kevin Soodsma describes why he recommends worshiping with the Christian Year.
Conversation | October 03, 2013
Howard Vanderwell on Worshiping with the Christian Year
In this edited conversation, Howard Vanderwell describes experiences that led him to create a primer on worshiping with the Christian Year.
Conversation | October 03, 2013
Coop's Column - Jesus Condemned and Crucified
Ibis ad crucem! You shall go to the cross! With these three words Pilate condemned Jesus to die by crucifixion. In this Lenten series we have been paying visits to several places where Jesus stopped as he with his disciples made his final journey to Jerusalem to die.
Reflection | March 25, 2013
Coop's Column - The Lord's Example, the Teacher's Command
Maundy Thursday. The name comes from the Latin, novum mandatum or “new commandment” and recalls the event of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet.
Reflection | March 25, 2013
Coop's Column - Royally Welcomed
It’s Passover festival in Jerusalem, the holiest season in the Jewish year. Thousands upon thousands of Jewish pilgrims have been travelling toward the Holy City to remember and celebrate God’s rescue of his people from long and heavy bondage in Egypt. As Jesus enters Jerusalem riding upon that lowly donkey, the mood of the thronging multitude turns deliriously jubilant. The people walk beside him as he rides, and laud him loudly as “King of the Jews.”
Reflection | March 21, 2013
Coop's Column - A Beautiful Gesture, A Fragrant Gift
In these Lenten meditations we have been paying a visit each week to a place where Jesus stopped as he with the disciples made his final journey toward Jerusalem. Our aim in doing this is to be attentive to our Savior as he makes his way toward his God-appointed destiny with suffering and death on the Cross for us. As his church, the Body he so much loves, we want to be present to him in his sufferings, and to show our love for him. We long to be close to Christ, for we cannot get enough of his presence.
Reflection | March 19, 2013
Coop's Column - Will You Go With Him?
Jesus never hid his scars to win a disciple, nor lured anyone into following him by promising an immediate jackpot of blessings. On the contrary, he was forthright in declaring that to follow him would cost a person dearly. Jesus told his disciples that if to carry out his Father’s will was going to end up costing him not less than everything, it would cost them dearly too.
Reflection | March 11, 2013
Coop's Column - Unswervingly Resolute
During each remaining week of Lent, we shall visit a place where Jesus stopped as he with his disciples made his final journey toward Jerusalem. We’ll note the people he met there, the words he spoke to them, and the decisions he made in order to be ready to take on the excruciating task which lay before him—to endure unspeakable humiliation and torture, and then at the end to die on a cross. Our only purpose in retracing the steps of his journey: to attend carefully to what our Lord did for us, and in response to offer him our adoration and worship.
Reflection | March 04, 2013
Coop's Column - As Alert As Possible
Lent is a six-week season in the Christian year that starts with Ash Wednesday, reaches peak intensity and agony on Good Friday and finishes with a crescendo of joy and triumph at Easter.
Reflection | February 15, 2013
The Journey to Jerusalem: Devotions for Lent
This daily Lenten devotional was created by the worshipers of Church of the Servant Christian Reformed Church. It is used by permission of Church of the Servant.
Reflection | May 11, 2012
Easter Sunday Christ’s Rising: Life Stronger than Death
“On the third day He arose again from the dead.” By these words in the Apostles Creed, Christians are declaring, forthrightly and unequivocally, a radical conviction, full of cosmic implications. He is stronger than death. His triumph over the grave ensures the defeat of any pretender to his authority and rule.
Reflection | April 08, 2012
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