Category Archives: Easter

“Up, civil unrest!” (an Easter-ish reflection)

You may have come across the popular Easter-themed worship song “O Praise The Name (Anástasis)”. I like the song, but I’m amused that someone felt the need to add that biblical Greek subtitle. For those like me not fluent in … Continue reading

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All together at the cross

Good Friday – Christ crucified. After nearly 2000 Good Fridays can there be anything fresh to say about the cross (and does there need to be)? One understanding of Good Friday is that on the cross, God – the Lord, … Continue reading

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When God joined the optimists – an Easter reflection

Which is the proper attitude towards life and the universe we live in – optimism or pessimism? For the pessimist, the world is ultimately ruled by Sod’s or Murphy’s Law, the principle that anything that can go wrong will go … Continue reading

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Rage, violence and Jesus – the cleansing of the Temple

So we’re approaching Good Friday and Easter again. Does the story of Christ’s ‘Passion’ fill you with joy or dread, neither, maybe both? The Passion story is undeniably a bloody and violent one. I’m no great fan of Mel Gibson’s … Continue reading

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Easter: the day the universe was rebooted, and humans became God

I said that Good Friday was the death of religion and the end of theology. It was, in a sense, the last day of the old order; the death of all that had been true and real and important till … Continue reading

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Good Friday Waiting

I wrote this poem 15 years ago after a Maundy Thursday experience of what C.S. Lewis would have called Joy, or Sehnsucht. I was blissfully unemployed at the time, and was walking home through the park from giving a guitar … Continue reading

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The Resurrection Insurrection

Have you heard the news? Apparently archaeologists have just discovered a new scroll dating to around 30AD, with a fragment of the end of Matthew’s gospel containing the words: “Verily I say unto you, I was only kidding…” Happy April … Continue reading

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Why did Jesus die, part III – did he suffer so that we don’t have to?

In the last two posts I’ve been looking at the historical and spiritual reasons why Jesus died on a cross. I wondered whether he not only chose to die, but also chose the manner of his death, in order to … Continue reading

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Why did Jesus die? Part II – the spiritual reasons

Last time we looked at the human and historical reasons why Jesus ended up on a cross. But, on a theological or spiritual level, did he really have to die? Why? Couldn’t God have ushered in his Kingdom in some … Continue reading

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