Things Have Still Changed

resurrection-of-christJust a few days ago, we walked through Holy Week. In particular the church celebrated the Last Supper, Good Friday, Silent Saturday and Resurrection Sunday.

Ahhhh, Resurrection Sunday. To remember Christ is alive, has conquered death, his vindication from the Father has come, though there is more to be played out.

I suppose, now that Monday has passed and it’s Tuesday, it’s easy to simply go on like nothing ever happened. Of course, we know something did happen. But I’ll be honest and admit I awoke the past two days as if nothing happened this past week.

We forget…so easily. Continue reading

The Cross as the Power & Wisdom of God

rouault-crucifixionIt’s holy week in the Christian calendar. Today is Good Friday, remembering the crucifixion of Christ. Tomorrow is Holy Saturday, or what I think is better identified as Silent Saturday. Then we have Easter Sunday, given to celebrate the reality that Jesus walked out of the grave alive.

What I want to do today, which I’ve shared on before, is not consider the words of the gospels in regards to Christ’s death (though they are amazing!). Rather I want to consider Paul’s words found in 1 Cor 1:10 – 2:5. Continue reading

Holy Week Reflections: Sacrifice, Silence, Salvation

Jean_Jouvenet_Descent_From_The_CrossAbove is a painting by Jean-Baptiste Jouvenet entitled Descent From the Cross.

The Christian church identifies this week as the most important week in the history of humankind – Holy Week.

We have Maundy Thursday, focused on the Last Supper of Christ with the twelve. This is followed by Good Friday, whereas Christ is sacrificed upon the cross for humanity’s sin. Next we have Holy Saturday (or Silent Saturday), a day that many evangelicals might not call to mind, as it lies between the death and resurrection of Christ. Lastly, we have Easter Sunday, the day of celebrating Christ’s defeat over death through resurrection. Continue reading

The Beauty of the Cross

How could a crown equal cross and nails?
I still see the beauty.
It seemed the divine had truly failed;
I still see the beauty.
With all the blood beneath the core;
I still see the beauty.
With all the foolishness, there could be no more;
I still see the beauty.

Ridicule, tears and pain
Ground soaked by stain
Voices hoarse, curse his name
Brokenness of body and frame
I still see the beauty. Continue reading

Stirring Story in Our Resurrection Sunday Gathering

Yesterday, for our Easter-Resurrection gathering at Cornerstone, we had Stephen Lungu with us. Stephen hails from Lilongwe, Malawi, and is International Director of African Enterprise.

I commend his message from yesterday, which was centred in how the reality of Christ and the resurrection powerfully changed his life. His was a kind of ‘Damascus Road’ transformation. Once a guerrilla fighter and gang leader, he shares much of his background of living on the streets from 6 years old. It all came to a head with encountering Jesus one evening when he and his gang had decided to blow up (yes, with TNT bombs) a revival tent gathering of 3000 people. His life took a major redirection that evening. Continue reading