Friday, April 10, 2009
Eclectic Echoes--April 10th
Monday, I had the honor of being one of the preachers in the "First Evangelists" Holy Week services at Trinity UMC (Tuscaloosa). And last night, I observed my first Maundy Thursday with the congregation at New Life. We celebrated communion, reflected on Jesus washing the feet of the disciples, and stripped the altar. The stripping of the altar was a new experience for them and I believe they were surprised by how moving it was especially when we lowered the lights and left the draped cross in the spotlight. Tonight, we are observing a Service of the Nails. They are not accustomed to worshipping on Good Friday and the weather is supposed to be bad (albeit not earthquake and darkness) so hopefully some will show up!
Here are some of the highlights of what I found on the internet this week.
Slow down, you move too fast: The Slow Parenting Movement
Visitors: Losing Them Out The Back
Speaking of Visitors--Best way to get more visitors is for folks to invite them!
Rush of Fools to play at Annual Conference this year (a big improvement over seeing the Bishop and me on stage)
Who Will Be Saved? As usual, I don't have a spot on the scale!
Funny Words and Suggested Usage
Churches Adjust to Challenging Times: Do More Good
Why I Stay Methodist
Religion and Science: No Fight Club Here
Read to Save Your Life
If your church closed today, what difference would it make?
Where did the Easter Bunny Come From?
Reflections for Holy Week
An American Passion
How Could It Be Good Friday?
Blind Faith in An Age of Darkness
Morality in the Movies vs Poetic Injustice
Easter for Leaders
NT Wright on Easter
The Way of The Donkey