Father Forgive Them: A Good Friday Meditation

“Father forgive them, for they do not what they are doing.” These words were spoken by Jesus from the cross, where, in this movie, Roman guards and a few Jewish on-lookers stood. I am not a Roman soldier or a Jew who asked for Jesus to be crucified. But I know I am an oppressor when I put other people down, when I hurt them physically, emotionally, or spiritually. We are, each of us, oppressors, when we don’t treat other human beings with respect, dignity, and a sense of belonging. We are the oppressors who need God’s forgiveness.

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A Story for Holy Week: “Ragman”

This is Holy Week, and many of you out there might be wondering what you might share with your Bible study, small group, youth group, or other group. For you preachers out there, you may be looking a list of services and plugging in sermons, illustrations, and messages. Or perhaps you are simply trying to faithfully observe Holy Week (not simple at all!) and looking for some extra inspiration.Here is a powerful short story you can use.

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A Good Friday Reflection: Room for Joy

So it's not the pain of despair. A despairing Good Friday would be unbearable. That would be Bad Friday. What makes Good Friday good, of course, is love, is Love, the willing sacrifice for the good of others. It is giving up, releasing, suffering, denying so others may have life, find joy, be accepted, come home, be healed.

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