Season of Lent
A sermon starter and commentary by Luke Powery on 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 for the season of Lent in the African American Lectionary.
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
Lent, A Necessary Time of Preparation
This resource provides an introduction to Lent and offers a comprehensive guide to Lenten planning. It provides suggestions for selecting passages, ideas for a sermon series, questions to consider, and sample elements of worship.
Blood:Water Mission, a synergy of justice and art
Launched 10 years ago by the Christian band Jars of Clay, Blood:Water Mission draws on the power of artists -- musicians, writers, actors and visual artists -- to move people to creative social change.
Reflecting on the nature of blood, this article by Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell discusses the life-giving and gruesome connotations of Jesus' blood and why Jesus' blood may or may not be an important image for atonement.
There Will Be Blood
Blood is life, Jeff Munroe says. Which profoundly impacts how we interpret the cross. With help from some colleagues, Munroe explores how the Jesus' sacrifice can be bloody without being barbaric.
Blood of Jesus
This album from the Baylor Black Gospel Music Restoration Project was recorded by James Jones and the Shepherds of Zion, with the songs "Blood of Jesus" and "I'll Trust in God."
The chief priests and elders decide what to do with the blood money
Blood on Doorposts
Preparations are made for the Passover, as blood is put on the doorposts so that the angel of death will pass over
History of Hymns: “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken”
Jackson Henry offers background and commentary on the beloved hymn by John Newton (1725-1807): “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken”
Blood and Birth
Stasi McAteer, in this video, reflects on "blood and birth," sharing her experience of being pregnant during the season of Advent and thinking of what it was like for Mary.
Full Text Hymns on Blood
I Know It Was the BloodPD
Nothing but the BloodPD
Are You Washed in the Blood?PD
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The Baptisms of Jesus; by Water, Fire, and Blood
Geoff Holsclaw discusses three aspects of Jesus' baptism and says the missional church needs all of them: confessing baptism (symbolized by water); baptism/filling of the Holy Spirit (fire); witness as a way of life (blood).
History of Hymns: “Maker, In Whom We Live”
This offers background and commentary on Charles Wesley's (1707-1788) hymn: "Maker, In Whom We Live." Originally titled "To the Trinity," each stanza describes a member of the Trinity, with the final focusing on God, the Three-in-One.
The Body and Blood of Christ
This commentary on Exodus 24:3-8, Psalm 116, Mark 14:12-26, and Hebrews 9:11-15 links the Eucharist to the passover atonement, the Psalmist's cup of salvation, the blood of the covenant, and Christ's sacrifice on the cross.
Flesh and Blood
A conversational drama that served as the centerpiece of a service examining the significance of taking Christ’s body and blood during the Lord’s Supper.
Interpreting the Water, Blood and Spirit
Demonstrating several parallels between 1 John 5:1-6 and John 19-20, this commentary by Alicia Myers explores why the Johannine community believed that the "water, blood, and Spirit" associated with Jesus' death are unified witnesses.
'Nothing But the Blood'
This blog post highlights a hiphop version of the beloved hymn, "Nothing But the Blood," by UK rapper Guvna B.
The Blood of the Covenant
This reflection on Mark 14:12-26 focuses on the blood of the covenant, suggesting that Jesus’ giving of his blood provides not only the model but the source of this new covenant gift of life.
Plague of Blood
Moses turns the Nile to blood in the presence of Pharaoh