Month: May 2021

Three Roads

The Beatles’ album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” begins with these lyrics: “It was twenty years ago today Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play They’ve been going in and out of style But they’re guaranteed to raise a smile So may I introduce to you The act you’ve known for all these years Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Well, almost to the day it has been 24 years since Carol and I ...[Read More]

The Crucifixion

After an earthquake, scientists work to find both the epicenter and the hypocenter.  We know what the epicenter is: It is the point on the earth’s surface vertically above the initial quake.  It is not the origin of the quake but the spot directly above it on the surface. The actual quake begins deep below the epicenter in what is called the hypocenter. It is the point in the crust of the ea ...[Read More]

Peter’s Denial

Among the great cathedrals in Europe there are two that stand out for me. Not because of their architecture but for the stories behind them. The first is St. Mark’s in Venice. We have told the story before of John Mark, the young disciple who runs away naked from Gethsemane and then as a spoiled and privileged young man he loses his courage and deserts Paul and Barnabas and, eventually, is the cau ...[Read More]

Garden of Gethsemane

With the exception of John, all of the Gospels have an account of the agony of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. While Luke has something of an abbreviated version both Mark and Matthew give us more detail. So, again, let’s read from Matthew’s account. Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and ...[Read More]