Alice laughed. "There's no use trying," she said: "one can't believe impossible things." "I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." — Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass The … Continue reading Why in the World Do I Believe in Jesus’ Resurrection?
A meditation on the cross which I gave last year at the Morden Good Friday Community Service, April 18, 2014. It is based on 1 Corinthians 1:18-25. A few years ago I was fortunate to be able to go to Israel-Palestine with a study group. It was an amazing experience: hiking in the wadis west of … Continue reading The Foolishness of the Cross
Today Christians observe Good Friday, one of the most important days of the Christian calendar. Work will be set aside, worship services will be attended, and sombre reflection will mix with effusive joy in celebration of this "Good Friday." But to the close followers of Jesus of Nazareth nearly 2,000 years ago, that particular Friday … Continue reading Good Friday, Better Sunday
I don’t recall talking about Advent in the church in which I grew up, an Anabaptist church with a conservative evangelical bent. Certainly we didn’t mention Lent. And those other church days, with names like “Epiphany” and “Trinity Sunday” and “Feast of Christ the King”? Those weren’t even in my universe. We celebrated the five … Continue reading An Anabaptist Does Advent