Easter: Actually it’s 50 days

May 2, 2014 by

Easter is not one day. It is not a week. Easter is not 40 days. Easter is actually a season of 50 days in the churches’ calendar. Is this pure ecclesiastical pedantry? No. Easter is the season where the...

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Mary at the foot of the cross

Apr 28, 2014 by

As we experience another Easter season, I’m thinking of Mary, the mother of Jesus. I know, she’s not the first biblical figure who comes to mind at this time of year — we tend to associate her almost...

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You don’t know what it’s like

Apr 16, 2014 by

One day, three conversations. 1. I’m at a function where my job is to give a short devotional and prayer before the meal. Pastor-y stuff. I’m trying to be witty, disarming, light. I make some throwaway...

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If you want to be subversive follow Jesus through Holy Week

Apr 15, 2014 by

It’s Holy week and Jesus’ journey towards the cross has begun. Many of us have already processed around the church on Palm Sunday, and bought our Easter eggs and hot crossed buns, diverting our...

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Got Jesus?

Apr 14, 2014 by

Passion Week, particularly Easter (or Resurrection Sunday), is the most sacred event for most Christians. We pause to reflect on the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Jesus has fulfilled God’s...

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Unfinished Easter

Apr 14, 2014 by

Mark’s Gospel ends too soon. Or so it seems. “Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.” What happened to the happy...

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Death consumed by life

Apr 14, 2014 by

There is a spark of God hidden within each one of us. For some the spark only smolders and smokes, layers of ash encasing the glowing ember. For others the spark is hard to see, for it has ignited flames of...

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Divine child abuse?

Apr 10, 2014 by

This is an excerpt of the sermon Harader preached on John 19:31-37 on April 6. Read the sermon in its entirety here. I attended a discussion recently with Mennonite theologian J. Denny Weaver. He wrote The...

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A donkey, not a warhorse

Mar 20, 2014 by

Zechariah offers good news for a people at war. Their deliverer has come! His feet have trod on the necks of his enemies, and his followers can rest in the knowledge that their world has been set right....

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