Why Is This Different?

Maundy Thursday   Exodus 12:1-14, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, John 13:1-17, 31-35 Why is this night different from all other nights?  For starters, everything is in a different order than any other worship service of the whole year. I’m here in the pulpit doing a sermon at the very beginning of everything, which seems odd but since…

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Those Blessed Feet

In anticipation of Maundy Thursday, here’s a reprint post from a couple of years ago that looks at the John 13 text about footwashing. Earlier today some colleagues and I had a bit of a debate and discussion about foot washing. It was timely since tomorrow is Maundy Thursday and footwashing, a common occurence on this…

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Blessed are the Feet

Earlier today some colleagues and I had a bit of a debate and discussion about foot washing. It was timely since tomorrow is Maundy Thursday and footwashing, a common occurence on this day, is often accompanied by some anxiety. The whens, hows, whys, why nots and various other permutations were bounced around and an alternative option…

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Holy Week: The Broken Heart of God

One of the most profound things I’ve ever heard spoken about scripture is this: God did not give us the bible we wanted; he gave us the bible we needed. So, too, is this true of Jesus. God did not give us the savior, the messiah, that the Jews expected or wanted or that we…

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Maundy Thursday April 9 2009

Maundy Thursday April 1 2009 Exodus 12:1-14 1 Corinthians 11:17-32 John 13:1-17, 34 The first year of Seminary, many people run into, perhaps for the first time, questions about the bible that they cannot answer. They often times discover that the bible is unclear or ambiguous in some areas and all too clear in others.…

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