The Fight Between Carnival and Lent, art for Ash Wednesday
Based on the painting, "The Fight Between Carnival and Lent" by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, this blog reflects on different aspects of the painting that point us to the beginning of Lent and Ash Wednesday, when...
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
History of Hymns: “Christ is Risen”
This offers background and commentary on the 1984 hymn by Brian Wren (b. 1936): "Christ is Risen." This Easter hymn discusses the resurrection of Christ and the promise and changes that this powerful act will bring....
Dying and Rising with Christ
Romans helps us see what a difference Christ’s resurrection and ascension make in the lives of believers, and highlights the role the Holy Spirit plays in our daily striving to become more like Christ.
Advent Hope: Staying Afloat
In this Advent reflection, the author ponders the challenge of offering real hope in the midst of difficult circumstances.
Reckoning with the Racist History of American Christianity
This article argues that understanding how America’s history has subverted our reading of the Bible is necessary for freedom from institutional racism, and embrace of a Christianity that recognizes the equal worth of every person.
What My Students Teach Me about Death
In this article, Glenn Sanders talks about his experiences of talking about dying and death with college students. "One should never assume that young adults know little about death."
Dying With Christ
A video featuring author, professor, and speaker, Reggie Kidd, reflecting on his father's salvation.
Baptism into Christ's Death and Resurrection
Reflecting on the imagery of new life found in 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c, Romans 6, Colossians 2 and 2 Timothy 2:8-15, Cornelius Plantinga explains the liberation of dying to sin and rising with Christ.
Full Text Hymns on Dying and Rising with Christ
Christ the Lord is risen todayPD
Jesus, Thy Blood and RighteousnessPD
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Alleluia! Jesus is Risen! A Service of Witness to the Resurrection
The title for this service is the same as the title of the funeral service in the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship. On Easter Sunday, we bear witness to the dying and rising of Christ as...
Dying in Order to Live
Preaching notes by Scott Hoezee on Mark 8:31-38: Jesus reprimands Peter, just after commending him for his profession. Dying with Christ is the prerequisite for rising with Christ.
To depart and be with Christ
Commenting on Philippians 1:21-30, Christian Eberhart notes Paul's lack of fear of death (even a preference for it), due to his confidence that at the moment of death he would be united with Christ.
The Risen Christ
The implications of that first Easter morning became the very foundation of our faith—forgiveness of sins and union with Christ. This reflection ties together the lectionary readings for Easter (B).
Die and Be Raised
Taking inspiration from the tenth station of the cross, this video featuring Walter Bruggemann reflects on the themes of death and Good Friday to cultivate an imagination of resurrection life after death.
How the Tomb Becomes a Womb - Study Guide
Study guide for a lesson on how baptism is a precursor to dying and rising with Christ. Reflection questions and liturgical material included.
History of Hymns: “Swiftly Pass the Clouds of Glory”
This offers background and commentary on Thomas Troeger's (b. 1945) 1994 hymn: “Swiftly Pass the Clouds of Glory.” Combining faith and science, the hymn focuses on the Transfiguration narratives (Matthew 7:1-8; Mark 9:2-8; Luke 9:28-36).