You can find the above image in Wikipedia’s entry on “facepalm,” and indeed that’s what it looks like. The sculptor, Henri Vidal, intended nothing of the sort. It’s a representation of Cain’s grief and shame after he had murdered Abel, his brother. That’s a fitting mix of reactions to the following image, which was shared yesterday on the […]
There are some who say that today, Easter, is a celebration of an excess of imagination. John Updike, never short on imagination himself, says no: the Easter reports were about what happened. Make no mistake: if he rose at all It was as His body; If the cell’s dissolution did not reverse, the molecule reknit, […]
From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference Last night I passed along five facts on which historians are solidly agreed. Jesus was crucified The disciples believed that Jesus appeared to them after his death Paul (Saul) was converted to faith in Christ after Jesus’ death Jesus’ half-brother James was likewise converted […]
This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Why Did Jesus Come? Why did Jesus come? In his own words (John 10:10), The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. This Easter morning we celebrate life—abundant life—once again. He came […]
Good Friday, Happy Easter! Sung by a friend of mine from years ago, Fernando Ortega.
They thought they had Jesus figured out, and they also thought they had him under control. Not so: He [Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor] entered his headquarters again and said to Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. So Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you […]
First posted on February 1, but made for Easter, for He is Risen! Jesus Christ lived on Earth and displayed a life of perfect love, trust, and worship. His example is incomparably great–and it’s unreachable. Part of the validation of the message of Christ is in its unique combination of reality and perfection in the […]
The religious and political leaders thought they had Jesus all figured out. I doubt there’s anything in history or literature to match the irony of that. They expected was the kind of thing they usually saw during a trial and execution: fear, self-protection, defensiveness; or possibly something like guilt, regret, or remorse. They thought they […]