Maundy Thursday: Staying Engaged

By Barbara Rainey | April 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
maundy thursday

I have learned a new concept in recent years. It goes like this for me: When I am in a conversation with someone that turns to statistics, numbers, and percentages my brain begins to fog.  Soon I mentally wander away while my face stays pointed toward the speaker so as to feign attention. Math has […]

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Why It Makes Sense to Wear White on Easter

By Barbara Rainey | April 15, 2014 | 9 Comments
white at Easter

Saturday as I was working outside on a glorious spring day out of nowhere came the words to an old Easter song by Irving Berlin that I remember from my childhood:  “In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it,  You’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade.” And then I thought how […]

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Palm Sunday Reflections

By Barbara Rainey | April 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
behold the lamb

The story we know so well of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, celebrated annually in churches by children happily swinging palm branches in the aisles, illustrates our constant confusion about Jesus. We always misinterpret Him. Like the twelve disciples who wanted Jesus to become a literal king that Sunday, and mount a military […]

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I Still Need the Cross

By Janel Breitenstein | April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
not enough

  This morning in Kampala, following a pleasant midnight chill of rain, the sunset cracked open the sky with a color so brilliantly tangerine, it could have been melted copper. I’d been struggling to open my eyes and move off the warmth of my sheets to have my alone time with God. But once the […]

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Where is the Excitement?

By Barbara Rainey | April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
Resurrection Eggs

April is here and with it comes the high point of history, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. But this month feels nothing like December. I wonder why. Are we so conditioned to giving and receiving gifts so the excitement grows from what we want? Have the lights and tinsel and glitter replaced the wonder of […]

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