Tag: resurrection

Sketches of Peter

Later in his life, Peter wrote a couple letters to the church. They’re First and Second Peter, toward the end of the New Testament. In his first letter, he expands on a tangled and complex metaphor about how each member of the church is basically like a rock and how that’s a good thing. You know his name was Simon,…

Baptism Into Resurrection

I was baptized when I was fourteen. On paper, my church believed in adult baptism… but in practice, we had sort of forgotten to do any for awhile. Baptism wasn’t a condition for membership in the church, so no one had asked the adults when they joined. And while we’d had a mass of younger children growing up together, we…

Unrecognizable/Unmistakable

When I was in college, the Campus Activities Board would use the giant chapel monitor to show The Princess Bride every year, and I think I watched it every time. It was an evangelical college, and most of us came out of evangelical youth groups, which means that we came to college so familiar with The Princess Bride that we…

Love As Strong As Death

Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If one were to give all the wealth of one’s house for love, it…

Incarnate Faith

For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as…

Jars of Clay: Embracing Brokenness

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus…

The Gardening Gospel

The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. -from 1 Corinthians 15 Like many of you, I’m sure, we’ve been busy putting in a garden. Craig…

Believers

But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. -from 1 Corinthians 15 There’s an odd story from 1 Samuel that I’ve been looking for an excuse to tell you, and today seems like a good day for it.…

Alleluia

“When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb…” -from Mark 16 Tuesday started off as a normal morning for me. I got up…

Wilmington Friends Meeting

Live Anew

When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered round him while he was by the lake. Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. He pleaded earnestly with him, ‘My little daughter is dying. Please come and put…