The great story of Holy Week

I don’t know if you’re one of those people who picks up a new novel and first peeks at the end, just to see where it’s going to go.  I know the temptation!  About a year ago, I finally decided to read the Harry Potter series—I’d read the first two books a couple years earlier, …

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Lent 3, 2012

“For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God” (1 Cor. 1:18). With these words, Paul opens what is one of my favorite passages in his letters: it’s talk about wisdom and foolishness, strength and weakness, and the cross is at the center of it all….

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Lent 2, 2012

Ask ten people what the Christian season of Lent is about, and I’m guessing that nine of them will mention giving something up. It’s a time-honored tradition in this season of preparation for Holy Week and Easter to go without for a time, to fast. Of course some Christian traditions have a more prescribed fast for the season….

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Ash Wednesday, 2012

I got my first pair of eyeglasses when I was three years old. They were big and round, with thick brown frames designed to withstand the life of a little boy, and they were my constant companion, taken off only for sleeping or swimming. I was the picture of a little bookworm with my heavy glasses and my shock of messy brown hair….

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