12 posts

Walking in Mourning – The Road to Emmaus

The audio, always a bit different, can be found at the St. B’s website. Third Sunday of Easter (April 30, 2017)  Acts 2:14a, 36-41 Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 1 Peter 1:17-23 Luke 24:13-35 Luke 24:21a “But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel.” Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” Our Gospel reading […]

Authoring History

The Great Vigil of Easter 2017 –  St. Bartholomew’s, Nashville. This is my homily from this year’s Great Easter Vigil.1 The service is gorgeous, but long (hence a homily and not a full sermon) and since it starts after sundown it does not end until quite late. Some parishes will have the service start about an hour before dawn on Easter Sunday. Since liturgical Christian days begin at sundown it is the first Easter service and includes the resurrection […]

Being religious?

“CofE” is the term often used to describe the “Church of England.” “CandE” refers to those folks who come to church only on “Christmas and Easter.” Most of us are very religious; the question is, what are we worshiping. GoComics.com recently began running these one-panel comics from 1974. I certainly don’t remember them from way back then, but most are still very relevant. Pot-Shots by Ashleigh Brilliant.  

Was the Passover sacrifice an atoning sacrifice?

No. This came up today due to a recent series on Christianity Today’s site. The series has good intentions. “Christ is our Passover Lamb” is a series of entries organized by Ed Stetzer. Part 8 was “The Atonement and the Passover: Exodus 12 by Matt Capps.” UPDATE: It appears that CT removed my comment from their site. The substance of it remains below. I posted a rather long comment on their site, but it doesn’t […]

There’s Passion and then there is Passion

In Oxford, they seem unable to tell the difference. (We lived on Cowley Road for three years.) Oxford City Council apologises for cancelling Passion Play ‘it mistook for live sex show’ A council has apologised after it cancelled a Good Friday Passion Play because it thought it was a live sex show. Oxford City Council pulled the plug on The Cowley Road Passion Play when an official said organisers from St Mary and John church […]

“Why lent is hypocritical”

Or not. The subject is a search that brought someone to Targuman and I hope they read my post Explaining Lent. As with anything else that we do, prayer, communion, charity, the attitude that we take into the endeavor makes all the difference in the world. Who shall ascend to the hill of the LORD? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart… (Psalm 24)  

Why do Christians seem to need a body?

Given that we are in the last days of Lent and almost to Good Friday, this is perhaps providential. My automatic Google notification for “Aramaic” brought up a curious article from Psychology Today, “It’s in the Bible…Isn’t It?” This is not a publication I read so I am unfamiliar with Stephen Mason, Ph.D. who is apparently nationally known for his writing and radio show. Nor do I know about his earlier article from last month where […]

We shall fear no longer sin, death, or the stock market.

This is my sermon for this Easter morning. Easter Sunday, Year B Acts 10:34-43 Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Mark 16:1-8 We shall fear no longer sin, death, or the stock market. Alleluia Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! This morning is a time to rejoice, a time of relief and joy. It feels as if even the weather has cooperated. Maundy Thursday and Good Friday were gray and cold, a pall […]

Easter cartoon roundup

Johnny Hart, the late cartoonist who created B.C. is no longer with us to provide his annual controversial Easter strip, but others still mark the seasons with their single-paneled commentary. Daryl Cagle’s Political Cartoon page at MSNBC is the best single resource for English political cartoons. They also separate and order based upon theme. So, let’s examine a few of the the Easter themed cartoons they have on offer. This cartoon is clearly trying to […]