Cross of Wood
A black and white symbol imitating the ashen mark of the cross, suggesting the ruggedness and earthiness of our sinfulness and the suffering and death of Christ on our behalf.
Nicodemus in the Shadows
Peter Wallace's reflection on Jesus’ ministry and death, based on texts from the gospel of John, is written from the perspective of Nicodemus who questions what it would be worth risking to stand with Jesus.
Painful Path, Strong Faith
This exegesis of Luke 13:31-35 explores Jesus' prophetic path towards Jerusalem and argues that Christians are called to join Jesus on the same path of resistance, rejection, and difficulty.
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.
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.
This Maundy Thursday or Good Friday service is patterned after tenebrae, a service of shadows or darkness. The theme is the disciple Peter's reflections on his "unimaginable words" denying Christ and his beginning to heal afterwards.
Hymn: Jesus Conquered Death And Darkness
This hymn for Easter is set to the tune REGENT SQUARE. It moves from the discovery of the empty tomb, recalls the ministry of Jesus and the power of God, culminating with the Great Commission.
On Easter morning, the women came to the tomb expecting to anoint a dead Jesus. The disciples had forgotten his promises of resurrection. Sometimes, we too expect death, but are amazed to find life in Christ....
Defending Life by Embracing Death
An article by Paul Griffiths on Christianity's ambivalence towards death, which Griffiths describes as both enemy and friend, and its repercussions in the context of a culture that seems to desire immortality through medicine.
Full Text Hymns on Death
It is not death to diePD
From Death to LifePD
The King of Love My Shepherd IsPD
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Ash Wednesday Worship
Outline of a worship service of repentance and renewal for Ash Wednesday, including prayers, invitation, scripture, music, imposition of ashes, benediction, and a link to a meditation by Debra Rienstra.
Death and Resurrection
In this video, Rachel Held Evans says the role of the church is to preach death and resurrection. (Length: 02:18)
Life After Death
Death isn't the end and there is life after death. Monica A. Coleman on life after death and a very personal relationship with God.
Death and Life After Pentecost
This short article on 1 Corinthians 15:26 reflects on the "paradoxical relationship" that Christians have with death. Death is both an "enemy" and, through baptism into the death of Jesus, a "portal to life."
Why Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday became the day that marked the beginning of the Lenten renewal. Laura Smit explores the use of ash on Ash Wednesday and the implications for believers.
Life, Death and Redemption
By sharing his experiences of farming, farmer Rob Bowers talks about life, death, and the perpetual opportunity for redemption.
Describing his experience in serving the Eucharist in a graveyard during Easter, this video featuring Les Carpenter takes inspiration from 1 Corinthians 15:55 in declaring the triumph of resurrection life over death.