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Reading Julian on Good Friday Drawing from the writings of Julian of Norwich, this Good Friday article by Jason Lief presents the sufferings of Christ on the cross as a symbol of finding new life in foolishness rather than honor. Resource type: Article | Source: The Twelve | Author: Jason Lief
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. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Unimaginable Words 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. Resource type: Service Outline | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Suffering as the Pathway to Future Unity This article argues that Jesus' death and resurrection, due to their being "on the axis" of the universe, allow for our present sorrow to be turned into joy and reconciliation through Christ. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Derek Vreeland Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday This outline of an Ash Wednesday service provides video, prayer, and song suggestions. Resource type: Service Outline | Source: Discipleship Ministries
Advent Hope: Staying Afloat In this Advent reflection, the author ponders the challenge of offering real hope in the midst of difficult circumstances. Resource type: Article | Source: The High Calling
The Bridegroom Icon Based on the bridegroom icon, this devotional reflects on the suffering and humility that Christ took for our sins. Resource type: Devotional | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Christopher Mayeaux Full Text Hymns on Suffering O Thou through suffering perfect madePD
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How We “Flesh Out” God’s Kingdom This article highlights themes of suffering and hope by arguing that the Christian's response to evil is to act on all that Jesus secured for us on the cross by sharing hope and redemption with others. Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Joni Eareckson Tada Collateral Beauty and The Question of Suffering Reflecting on the film called Collateral Beauty, Ruthie Johnson explains how our faith reveals the presence of love in suffering, provides an alternative view of time, and gives us hope in the face of death. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Ruthie Johnson Called to Participate in the Ministry of Suffering with the Weeping God Keri Hui says Christians are called to participate in the suffering of God, and suggests three ways to do so: ministry of visitation, ministry of friendship to the homeless, and ministry of radical hospitality. Resource type: Devotional | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Keri Hui The Cup of Suffering and Judgment Mark D. Roberts reflects on Jesus drinking from the cup of suffering and taking on divine judgment by looking at his prayer in Matthew 26:39. Resource type: Devotional | Source: The High Calling | Author: Mark D. Roberts Wealth, Patience, and Suffering This podcast looks at James 5 to see how patience, suffering, and prayer can benefit our spiritual lives and help us live out our faith today. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: Groundwork | Author: Scott Hoezee Suffering Servant Sometimes our focus on the victorious nature of the Messiah can cause us to overlook those prophecies about the suffering servant. In this podcast, Scott Hoezee and David Bast discuss Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22. Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: Groundwork | Author: Scott Hoezee
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