A Symbol of Sacrifice

Whether or not you declare an official creed as a part of your worship each week, I encourage you to to sit down, as I did, and try to express your own personal creed or mission statement.  It will help you center your thoughts around what is really important each day and it might guide your path…

Jesus Calls Us to Love Each Other

The prophet Isaiah writes: “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrow, and familiar with suffering.” ~ Isaiah 53:3 and the Psalmist David also spoke of his suffering in such a way that we can hear Jesus speaking these words: “You know [O Lord] how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed; all…

The Full Gaze of Adoration

What do you feel when you look at the cross? Do you feel horror, guilt and shame that Jesus had to go through such suffering? How do you endeavor to call his sacrifice into view? As we consider this in the following weeks, I hope you will join me for this series of posts that…

Is It For Me? (An Ecumenical View of the Cross.)

Adoration of the Trinity, Albrecht Durer, 1511, Oil on linden wood, 135X123,4 cm, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna I am always surprised when I find yet another crucifixion painting that calls to me as if to say, “Linger with me a while.” I find that I am attracted to the work long before I understand why; that…