They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers ... And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts ..." (Acts 2:42-47)
Life is a preparation for death. Palm Sunday is a day of celebration, yet a celebration cast under the shadow of Golgotha. We pick up our palms and join Christ in jubilant procession, but this procession does not end today. It continues with each day of Holy Week. Before we reach Bright and Beautiful Pascha, our road leads us to Golgotha. We die to self before we live in Christ. Holy Week is a microcosm of life’s journey, into the valley of death, and out again in eternity.
“They picked up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple” (John 8:59). The Information Age is over. Some call it the “Shift Age,” and others, the “Experience Age.” Perhaps it is the Misinformation Age or the Post Truth Age. Such abundance of information exists, so much so that we all feel dizzy trying to sort through it all. But perhaps, our culture feels that it does not even matter any more. We are the makers of truth, the world exclaims. We
“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” If the devil cannot make you sin, he will make you busy. Corrie Ten Boom gave this advice, the famous survivor of a Nazi concentration camp. In her experience, busyness was the great crippler of souls. Not only does busyness paralyze our health, it severs our relationship with God and one another. When Christ looked at his people in the valley, he saw that they were lacking
“The Amish are not…against modern technology. We have simply chosen not to be controlled by it” (Amishman David Kline). Western Pennsylvania is known for its amish communities. As you drive along the hill country, you see their quaint, white, farm homes, horse and buggies, and men, women, and children at work in antiquated clothes. The amish are an anomaly in America. On the one hand, we all envy them a little. Their simplicity in the bucolic countryside touches a part of eve