Why is That Whole Thing So Gorey? (Lent 39-2018)

Good Friday is hard to explain.  To those outside the family of faith, it just doesn’t compute that a God of love would have His Son die at the hands of those He was dying to save.  Add on top of that the sheer bloody nature of the whole Crucifixion event and frankly, it’s easy […]

March 30, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Why Did Jesus Celebrate the Passover for Remembrance? (Lent 38-2018)

Things we don’t make a point to remember … become things we easily forget.  They move to the back recesses of our mind, have little influence on our lives, little power to inform our daily decisions, and little impact upon our behavior.  Jesus didn’t want His ministry to be relegated to the dust heap of […]

March 29, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Why Did Judas Betray Jesus? (Lent 37-2018)

Passion Week takes a sad turn.  The excitement of the Triumphal Entry is in the rear-view mirror.  The crowds have gone back to their daily grind.  “Why is it still the same-old-same-old when we’ve got the Messiah?”, might have been the question uttered at the well, on the streets and in the fields.  Why are […]

March 28, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Why Did They Turn on Him? (Lent 36-2018)

Most of us are unprepared to be betrayed.  We probably all feel it at some point in our lives.  People we trust go behind our backs.  People we think are friends turn out to be enemies.  People we love who do the worst of the worst to us.  As we continue our series Pi and […]

March 27, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Why Were They Celebrating? (Lent 35-2018)

We all know that feeling of elation when it seems like our dreams are coming true.  For some of us, it will be a simple rain shower on a parched land.  Or like Pi in our devotional series Pi and Chi, Asking and Answering Questions Why launched from the movie Life of Pi.  He was […]

March 26, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Palm Sunday (2018)

Mark 11:1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it […]

March 25, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Why Are You So Afraid? (Lent 34-2018)

Alone and afraid.  Alone, yes, but you still have your thoughts—your fears and regrets—to keep you company.  Alone and facing the predator within.  The predator whose constant presence threatens to steal your joy and your peace.  Pi knew what it meant to be afraid, alone out on the ocean with a Bengal tiger to remind […]

March 24, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Why Do You Doubt? (Lent 33-2018)

In the Life of Pi, the movie we’ve been using as our launch for 40 days worth of questions, there is a certain skepticism, an incredulity, a doubt in the minds of the investigators of the shipwreck.  The investigators want to know why the ship sank and are frustrated that Pi isn’t bringing them any […]

March 23, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Why Do the Rich Have Such a Hard Time? (Lent 32-2018)

Pity the poor rich man” said most men… never.  Except Jesus.  Always the One to discomfort the comfortable and comfort the discomforted, Jesus offers perspective where there often is none.  Mark 10:23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!” In the […]

March 22, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Why Can’t We See the Whole Picture? (Lent 31-2018)

Do you ever wish God would just show you the storyboard?  That organizing visual which identifies what’s going to happen and the timing so you could just follow along?  Like Cliff Notes that you could study in advance to keep track of the plot unfolding.  The truth is I often read the plot of a […]

March 21, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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