In front of her.

When Mary got to the tomb, the stone was gone and the body was gone. Mary ran to get Peter and John. The leader of the disciples and the new next-of-kin for Mary, the mother of Jesus. It was the right thing to do. But it didn’t solve the pain, especially when they arrived and […]

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Empty

Mary was called Mary Magdalene to distinguish her from the other Marys. She was from the small town of Magdala on the coast of the Sea of Galilee, a few miles around from Capernaum, where Jesus was based in his early ministry. The only thing we know about her backstory is that Jesus had driven […]

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A prayer for Easter morning 2019.

God- It is Easter. It is Resurrection Day. It is a massive celebration of new life and bunnies, Peeps and people singing, chocolate and resurrection, new dresses and empty grave clothes. It is a day of arguing over how to celebrate you and how to find you and who has the best party. It is, […]

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For Friday, called good.

(Part of a post first published April 22, 2011) There is a luxury in historical hindsight, an ability to see the lessons without going through the event. And it is that hindsight that named this morning “Good”. In real time, on the ground in Jerusalem, there was nothing good about spittle mixed with blood. There […]

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What Jesus said he was doing.

Sometime before Thursday night of Holy Week, Jesus summarized his work. And when John writes the story, he puts this summary between the time Jesus walks away from the crowd and walks into the upper room, the place where he’s going to eat supper with his disciples. You can read it in John 12:37-50. It’s […]

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