Friday Stream of Consciousness – 149

Featuring Prince, Advocacy Groups, and the Fragility of Life

stream of consciousness

Here’s what’s on my mind this morning: return This weekend event at church celebrates its five-year anniversary. It’s hard for me to believe it’s been that long. At another level, it feels like it’s been 20 years. Not 50. 20…enough to feel like we are more mature as a church than we are. This week, […]

Easter Weekend Meditation – 7 Stanzas for Easter

Martin - Resurrection Morning

As we head into this weekend, reflect on these words from John Updike. His Seven Stanzas for Easter is a classic. Let’s not rob Easter of its magnificence. Make no mistake: if he rose at all It was as His body; If the cell’s dissolution did not reverse, the molecule reknit, The amino acids rekindle, […]

Epiphany Before Easter – On Preaching the Easter Sermon

Epiphany Before Easter

Preparing an Easter sermon is one of the more challenging sermon preps of the year for most preachers. This isn’t because of a lack of passion for the Resurrection or lack of familiarity with it. It’s because, like the story of the Prodigal Son, preachers feel some need to produce something fresh, something with a […]