Good Friday – The Victory of the Cross

Photography © by Andy Coan

The terror of crucifixion Terrorism is nothing new.  It’s probably as old as the human race. In fact the cradle of civilization, now Iraq, was the home of the most infamous terrorists of antiquity, the Assyrians.  Their goal was to conquer their neighbors in a way that would minimize  initial resistance and subsequent rebellion.  To do this, they knew fear […]

How Does the Weakness of the Cross Make Us Strong?

“When I am weak, then I am strong”; “power made perfect in weakness.” Such verses are often cited as key to spiritual growth, but do we really understand what they are talking about? Can anyone ever understand? Yes. If we couldn’t understand it at all, God would not have told it to us. God does not waste words. It is […]

Lent Through the Eyes of the Suffering Servant

I pass the bathroom mirror in my home and automatically glance at my reflection, once again stopping to stare in fascinated horror.  My eyes are red and puffy, surrounded by raccoon-like purple bruises.  My nose is bandaged and swollen, recently broken after I unexpectedly fainted and fell flat on my face.  Surgery has repaired the damage, but it will be […]