Thoughts for Holy Week

In Mark 15, as Jesus stands before Pilate, the Roman leader asks him: Are you the king of the Jews? Jesus' answer is sparse, cryptic, and not really an answer -- or at least, not the answer Pilate was looking for: You say so, read some versions. You have said it, reads another. It is…

Simeon

I love one-hit wonders. I’ve written about them before: individuals who appear just once in the Bible, giving us just enough to be grateful for what we know, while leaving us wanting more. One such example is Simeon. When Mary & Joseph bring Jesus to the temple to dedicate him as their firstborn son, they…

The God Who Can’t Stay Away

Six years ago, Wanda Dench sent out a group text, letting her family know what time to come over for Thanksgiving dinner. She got her grandson's number mixed up, accidentally sending the message to a 17-year-old high school senior named Jamal. He thought his grandma had gotten a new phone, so he texted back, and…