Waiting to exhale

“Runners, take your mark…get set…”   Now hold it right there.   Have you ever noticed the peculiar rituals that Olympic sprinters go through at the beginning of their races? They not only perform weird—probably superstitious—stretching routines, but they also take forever before they stop fidgeting and fussing in the starting blocks.   It’s a […]

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You and your insecurities

If you’re like me, and most adults I know, your insecurities have evolved with you over the years. When I was a child, I was insecure about being too skinny. My parents and siblings traumatized me by calling me “Hallelujah Bare Bones” after a character in a book (sorry, family, for publicly calling you out […]

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Not the conquering warlord

A donkey, a red carpet made of cast aside robes, palm branches waved in the air, and little children shouting, “Hosanna!” That was the extent of the pomp and circumstance with which Jesus commenced His Passion Week. It was hardly the entrance of a conquering hero. Indeed, the Roman warlords of that day would have […]

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Deep Christology for Easter Weekend

He hungered—yet He fed thousands. He thirsted—yet He exclaimed, “Whosoever thirsts, let him come to me and drink.” He was tired—yet He is the “rest” of the weary and the burdened. He pays tax—yet He uses a fish to do it. He is called a “Samaritan, demonically possessed”—but He rescues the man who came down […]

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Easter dresses

I couldn’t be more melted. I’m glad they don’t know how I’m feeling because, if they did, they could easily take advantage of me right now. I probably couldn’t tell them “no” to save my life. They’re wearing their Easter dresses, getting ready for the special morning where we’ll celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, […]

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