A Thief, Stolen by Mercy

With Jesus of Nazareth at Calvary, there hung two thieves. One thief somehow came to understand that the cross was where he belonged. His life spent steeped in crime meant that he had often found himself entangled in the Roman justice system. The logical outcome of his series of decisions...

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The Best Revenge

“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Jesus spoke these words from the Cross. It was the first sentence He said once He was lifted up, according to Luke 23. His hands and feet were pierced. He had been lashed mercilessly with a scourge. A crown of...

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Remembering Easter

My childhood highlighted Easter. Not as ecstatic as Christmas, but carrying its own mixture of excitement, Easter differed from Christmas, much like death opposes birth, accentuating two poles of a man’s existence. Indeed, all the candy and gifts were tainted by those Bible stories, most importantly, the one of cruel death....

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A Tale of Crowns

John 19 stands as one of the most momentous chapters in all of literature. Here, we read of Jesus and Pilate; we read tragic words and triumphant words. This is where the clash of kingdoms reaches a climax. This great battle is embodied in two men – one, Pontius Pilate,...

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