The Biography of Death: A Tragedy

This is the story of Death. He was born in the most pristine of settings, at the dawn of creation. His first cries were heard amidst the teeming, shining newness of plants erupting joyfully from the fresh new earth. Along with the birdsong and the rippling rush of four rivers had been the sound of…

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dark

Dark. Tomb dark. The Light of the world is snuffed out. No city shines on the hill. The nearest hill around is called “Skull-Place,” and it’s marred by the black stains of dried blood. The sky was deathly quiet yesterday, on that Friday we now call “good.” Eloi, eloi, lema sabachthani? was met with no…

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Drinking Jesus: New Wine and the Draught of Death

Holidays come with special meals. The smells wafting out of the kitchen can conjure memories of playing with our cousins, of long road trips, of good times with family and friends. That was happening the night Jesus sent disciples into Jerusalem to prepare for the Holy Day feast of Passover. The smoke from cooking fires…

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An Interview with Isaac Wardell of Bifrost Arts (Part 1, ft “Psalm 46”)

Isaac Wardell is the director of Bifrost Arts and the Director of Worship Arts at Trinity Charlottesville (PCA).  He’s been involved in church music and church plants in Georgia, Tennessee, and New York.  He studied at Covenant College.  While serving in New York City he played and performed with the Welcome Wagon, and has produced…

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Newtown, Bethlehem, and the Dark Side of Christmas

[NOTE: this post was originally written for www.BigBible.org.uk, and they are letting me post it here simultaneously on my personal blog.]   A week ago I was sitting in an elementary school watching one of my kids in a little Christmas musical. I was sitting there in the cafeteria with my wife, holding a toddler…

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Advent with the Gathering Church

Inspired by my fellow contributors’ Advent posts, I’d love to share a few items from my community’s Advent observation. 1) Each of the last several years, I’ve had some part in writing and/or curating a church devotional.  Even though these reflections usually take place while there are still leaves on the trees and it’s not…

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