Thomas Irby offers us a really moving piece on his experience taking Communion on Maundy Thursday. And just because I think it needs to be said – This dude has a heart that is melting before God right now. I’m thoroughly impressed and even a bit jealous at how obvious the work of God is in his life these last few months.
I realized that I had been lacking, aching, longing for communion with God. It was in this beautiful ritual that He reveals himself to us. For the first time in many years I accepted the body and blood of Christ with a heart that was free from religion and personal attempts at holiness. For the first time in many years I truly accepted communion.
Amy Julia Becker over at Her.Meneutics reflects on how to best tell our children about Easter.
Rachel Held Evans, a blog I’ve recently started perusing a lot, suggests 12 ways to make Arminianism cool again. In case you don’t have a sense of humor, this is intended to be funny….sort of.
And Tim Tennent’s discussion of a beautiful concept: The Means of Grace. Are you struggling with your faith? Do you want to grow spiritually? Do you want to be conformed to the image of Christ? Participate in the means of grace!
Wesley defines the “means of grace” as “outward signs, words, or actions, ordained of God, and appointed for this end, to be the ordinary channels whereby he might convey to men, preventing, justifying, or sanctifying grace” (Sermon 16, Means of Grace). Wesley goes on to identify three primary “means of grace” which God has given to us: prayer (private or public), Scripture (reading or listening), and the Lord’s Supper.
Marcus Green reflects on his emotions about leaving his church after 11 years. (Subscribe to Marcus’s blog; this guy’s an amazing pastor with a passion and knowledge of worship that is rivaled by no one. )
Suffice it to say: being part of a Christian community is about loving & being loved. We do this in our own idiosyncratic ways, and that’s part of the joy of it.
And since I live in Florida now, I couldn’t resist the Top 5 Surfing Wipeouts from last year.
Finally, Obama has some reflective thoughts on the resurrection of Jesus.