'Gethsemane' Tagged Posts

'Gethsemane' Tagged Posts

A RELIGION FOR THE WEAK?

Actor Max Von Sydow died on March 8th at the age of 90.  He played a priest in The Exorcist.  He played Satan in Needful Things.   And…he played Jesus Christ in the 1965 movie The Greatest Story Ever Told. Von Sydow was raised in the liberal, Swedish Lutheran Church.  By the 1970’s Sydow identified himself as an agnostic/atheist. Many famous folks have placed themselves in that category without apology. The late, foul-mouthed comedian George Carlin, appearing on Larry King…

REMEMBER?

If you were blessed to be raised in a Christian home, what do you remember about Lent?  Did the church seem darker and more somber on those cold winter nights? Not just antsy children, but tired parents were tempted to think there was a better way to spend their Wednesday evenings. Many of those thoughts melted away amid the reading of the Passion History of our Savior’s sufferings and death – reminding us of why we had come. Some of…

“LET MY PEOPLE GO!”

Back in the 60’s when most TVs were still in black and white, lots of folks gathered around the tube on Sunday evenings to watch The Fugitive, starring the late David Jansen.  (Harrison Ford played the movie role many years later.)  The story-line followed a young doctor, wrongly convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of his wife, fleeing from a zealous detective who was absolutely certain of the doctor’s guilt.  Of course, we all knew that the one-armed…

WHO GAVE THE ORDER?

Perhaps during your school days you heard the lines of Tennyson’s famous poem, The Charge of the Light Brigade: Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward, All in the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. “Forward, the Light Brigade!”… Not though the soldier knew Someone had blundered. Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die. Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. As poet laureate of…

WHO IS THE GREATEST

“Who is the greatest?” asked the disciples.   Jesus is on His grim march to the cross, the sacrifice of His very self in utter servitude to save us all – and His dense disciples want to know who gets the executive office suite with the corner window in the coming kingdom.   Peter, James and John were chosen to accompany Christ to the Mount of Transfiguration.  They were, by Jesus own orders, tight-lipped about what they had seen.  On an…

“TO GOD WHAT IS GOD’S!”

The book of Ezra tells us how God’s Old Testament people came home from their 70-year captivity in Babylon.  They return home to rebuild the temple at Jerusalem. Foundations are laid.  Hymns are sung.  There are shouts of joy mingled with tears over why all this was necessary in the first place. But now some years went by.  People got busy with other things.  Plowing their fields.  Building their houses.  Paving the streets.  Making money.  It was good to be…

PLACES OF THE HEART

Some places burn themselves into our memories.  Maybe it’s the house we grew up in, or the one where we raised our children.  Maybe it’s the church where the main events of our lives played out. The Mount of Olives must have been just such a place of the heart for Jesus.  Mount Olivet was familiar turf.  The home of Mary and Martha was nearby in the little town of Bethany.  Many think that it was on the slopes of…

“LET THESE MEN GO”

Back in the 60’s when most TVs were still in black and white, lots of folks gathered around the tube on Sunday evenings to watch The Fugitive, starring the late David Jansen.  (Harrison Ford played the movie role many years later.)  The story-line followed a young doctor, wrongly convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of his wife, fleeing from a zealous detective who was certain of the doctor’s guilt.  Of course, we all knew that the one-armed man…

TREES, PLANTS, BRANCHES, ETC.

Back in our seminary days, we often stopped by the seminary book store after lunch.  My first year there, I noticed one of the hundreds of books for sale.  It was entitled:  All The Plants Of The Bible.  My second year it was still sitting there on the shelf. My third year I left to be a vicar. When I returned for my fourth and final year, there it was, gathering dust. “Who in their right mind would buy it?”…

WHO GAVE THE ORDER?

Perhaps you heard the lines of Tennyson’s famous poem, The Charge of the Light Brigade, during your school years: Half a league, half a league Half a league onward, All in the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. “Forward the Light Brigade!”… Not tho’ the soldier knew Someone had blundered; Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die: Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. As poet laureate of…