Holy Week

The Hope of Good Friday

The promise of Good Friday is that when our world is turned upside down, and even our own hearts flee for cover, we have hope. more »

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Vocation: Resurrection

“Practice resurrection.” – Wendell Berry There’s a school of thought that says that moments of beauty and goodness are escapist – they distract us from life’s hard realities. Sweetness is sappiness, nature walks are flights from reality, anything picturesque is … more »

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The Resurrection of Place

Places, like people, can die. Cities die because of purposelessness, but they grow through love and hope. The practice of resurrecting life in a city starts in the heart of God’s people, having a hope for its future. I have experienced the call to … more »

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Practicing Resurrection, or The Witness of a Small Plate of Vegetables

Practicing the resurrection? Lord, I believe. Help Thou my unbelief. A snapshot: Some years back, a former student of mine, who was then working in the State Department, sent a photo to me. It was a black and white, of … more »

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The Resurrection and Good Funerals: An Interview with Mark Higgins

For Holy Week, Missio interviewed Mark Higgins, President of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service & Crematory in Durham, NC on his work as funeral director and the theology and practices of good funerals. Given that this week we remember the death and … more »

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Good Friday and Broken Bodies

This is one of two Good Friday reflections in the Missio Holy Week and Lent series. Read the rest here. I pulled back the curtain to the patient’s room in the Emergency Department. It billowed like a hot air balloon from … more »

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Footwashing and Forgiveness

Tonight is Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday. This is the night we remember the work of Christ’s hands. These are the very hands that will soon have nails driven through them securing them to a rough-hewn cross. But before that, … more »

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I did it. It was me.

With Lent drawing to a close as we step into Holy week I have been thinking about repentance.  Specifically, I have been thinking about how hard it is. I have three young kids, the oldest of which are five and … more »

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What is the gospel we remember at Easter?

For pastoral friends all over the country… I know that these days are among your busiest. So not a long letter– but a question for you: What is the gospel we remember at Easter? We all have different callings. The longer … more »

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