Tag Archives: new life

The power of one

Have you been saved? I remember the last time someone asked me that question. It was during my undergraduate years when I was working at a funeral home – an oddly appropriate place to ask the question, don’t you think – and someone whom I vaguely knew came up to me and asked with all […]

Lifting the angel latch

“The secret of happiness,” Socrates said, “is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” Tradition holds that when a person desired to enter a monastery, he would stand on the threshold, strip naked, and plead for admission, upon which he would be given new clothing appropriate to the new […]

When hope is lost

It’s a good question – “Can these bones live” (Ezek. 37:3)? Not a question about the bones of a mighty army bleaching in the sun on a great battlefield that might have sparked Ezekiel’s imagination. And not a question merely about “the whole house of Israel” (v. 11) that those bones symbolized for him. It’s […]

A ham-or-eggs life

It’s difficult to pinpoint the moment when spring arrives. It tiptoes up to us, subtle and shy, trying hard not to show itself. And then, before we’re aware of it, everything is changing. Here’s how Todd Nelson described it in the Christian Science Monitor. “The junipers may still be shagged with ice. Ice-fishing shacks still […]

Arise

We’re hearing a big argument today – it’s not a debate but a very primitive, emotional argument – about who will next lead this nation. Who will make America great again? Who will lead us to manifest the greatness we already possess? Who will lead the social and political revolution that restores our basic values? […]

Plotting resurrection

On the first day of the week some women came to the cemetery to find the body of Jesus. They did what any of us would have done. They came looking for him where they had left him, where they had last seen him, where they knew he must surely still be. And there they […]

Decide to live

In a parody of speeches to graduating seniors, Woody Allen described a defining choice that some say faces us today. “More than at any other time in history,” he wrote, “mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to […]

On the brink of everything

Twice in a handful of days my attention has been hijacked by a phrase that brings me new insight into Easter and the new life that is spread all around us. Courtney Martin, in the opening line of her blog at onbeing.org, wrote, “My daughter is on the brink of everything.” She described how her […]

Blind trust

Perhaps I’ve grown a bit jaded, but it seems to me the resurrection of Jesus is not that relevant an issue for people today. After 2,000 years of repeating the story, it seems to have grown stale, even for me. Sure, I lead the parade on Easter morning, but I confess in some ways it […]

The unbinding

Hope in the future may be one of our greatest burdens. Hope for a better life tomorrow, or for a resurrected life after death, may be the greatest obstacle to experiencing the resurrection Jesus offers. Living in hope of a better life to come may be our greatest waste of the life God gives us […]