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Killing Jesus and Saving the Church: A Holy Week Manifesto

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I don’t really like going to church. There are some ministers who love the mystery and majesty of it all no matter what. Not me. I am so tired of the modern presentation of Jesus that I have mentally and spiritually dropped out. Week after week, church leaders use their pulpits to demand more money […]

BEWARE of the PALM WAVERS!

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  The people of Jerusalem waved their palms madly to celebrate the entry of Jesus into their town. Less than seven days later, Jesus was tortured and executed in the same place. Though Palm Sunday is a time to celebrate, I can never get past the fact that the same palm wavers either participated in […]

The Passion of Jesus Comes Early: Standing on the Via Dolorsa at the Execution of Jose Luis Villegas Jr.

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When Jesus declares I was in prison and you did not visit me…and goes on to declare what you have done to the least of these you have done to me…Jesus directly binds his passion with the passion of those in prison.  It is important to notice that Jesus does not say I was not […]

Pushing into the Darkness to Be the Light

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  The children walk down the aisles of our churches waving palms all around.  Together, we reenact the celebration of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.  Palm Sundays are always festive times.  Everyone knows that the next time they gather it will be Resurrection Sunday and Jesus will have won a great victory over death.  The problem […]

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