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Jesus said at least two extraordinary things about violence.
In his Good Friday meditation, Peter M. Wallace reflects upon Jesus’ cry from the cross, “I am thirsty”.
People want power. When we cannot have power ourselves, we at least want to be connected to people who have power.
Among the many curious and puzzling verses in the Bible, John 18:6 ranks near the top. John describes a strange scene.
It is a curious picture of “glory”.
Lent reminds us of the part of the Christian journey that is hard work.
I have never done it before and have felt upset when I have been aware of others doing it. But I did it yesterday in my sermon.
This past Christmas the person in my life who regularly fulfills the important task of struggling to bring my cultural education up to date, gave me Colm Toibin’s novella The Testament of Mary (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2012).
We will always run into problems if we seek to understand the death of Jesus in isolation from the rest of the story that surrounds his crucifixion.
Sitting in the swimming pool yesterday watching my grandchildren bobbing up and down in the midst of a seething mass of 200 screaming elementary school children, I wondered about Jesus coming again. Read the rest of this entry »