Good Friday: Athanasius on the Crucifixion

In On the Incarnation of the Word, St. Athanasius describes the creation’s response to the crucifixion in the gospels: “For the sun hid his face, and the earth quaked and the mountains were rent; all men were awed. Now these things showed that Christ on the cross was God, while all creation was his slave, and was witnessing.. read more →

A Message for Maundy Thursday

On this Maundy Thursday, Christians all over the world will be celebrating Holy Communion to remember Jesus Christ’s gift of himself in the sacrament at the Last Supper. My daughter Alice wanted to share a message to remind people of Jesus’ love for all people:   read more →

A Prayer for Palm Sunday

Father in Heaven, on this day your Son Jesus Christ entered the holy city of Jerusalem and was proclaimed King by those who spread their garments and palm branches along his way. Let those branches be for us signs of his victory, and grant that we who bear them in his name may ever hail.. read more →

From Wesley’s pen — January 20, 1753

It’s fairly rare to come across straightforward humor in John Wesley’s writing. One of my favorite instances of it is in this Journal entry from 1753: [Saturday, January 20th.] I advised one who had been troubled many years with a stubborn paralytic disorder to try a new remedy. Accordingly, she was electrified and found immediate.. read more →

Worship Resources for Holy Week (2014)

Holy Week is still a week away. Since many pastors and church staffs will be putting together their Holy Week services in the next few days, though, I thought it might be helpful to provide links to some prayers, hymns, reflections, and acts of worship for the high holy days that are upon us. The.. read more →

Connection — What it is, why it matters

“Connection.” It’s one of those words whose meaning is dependent on context. If I tell you I’ve made a new connection with a colleague at work, you’ll probably ask me what his name is and how I came to meet him. If you call me on the phone and I remark that the connection is.. read more →

From Wesley’s pen — April 1-4, 1739

You’ve probably heard about John Wesley’s comment that he “submitted to be more vile” when he took to field preaching. But did you know that combined field preaching with the organization and oversight of small bands of intentional discipleship from the very beginning? In the Journal passage that follows, notice how he considers both of.. read more →

Grace and Forgiveness

Last week I spoke at the Robert C. Stuart Lenten Lecture Series at Christ Church Cathedral in Houston, Texas. The theme of this year’s lecture series is “Grace and Forgiveness” and it gave me an opportunity to explore some of the ways in which John Wesley sees forgiveness as lying at the heart of salvation... read more →

Aldersgate Covenant Gathering

An event coming up on May 16-17 holds a lot of promise for those in the United Methodist Church who desire to experience renewal and revitalization for local congregations and the church as a whole. It is a gathering hosted by the Aldersgate Covenant, a group of church leaders who were originally responsible for the.. read more →

Preparing for the Lord’s Prayer

Most of the time when we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we probably don’t think much about it. For many congregations it often comes in the context of Sunday morning worship, when the pastor invites the congregation to pray the prayer at the end of a longer pastoral prayer. We also pray the Lord’s Prayer as.. read more →