Today is Good Friday. Its the day that we remember the death of our Savior as a sacrifice in our place. But do we get it? The only place I've ever seen any really violent deaths is through the television. When I hear that Jesus was crucified, I don't have any experience to draw on to fully understand what he went through. My guess is that most of you are in the same boat as well. A crucifixion is so far from reality to us that its hard to comprehend. So let's look briefly at what our Savior endured for us. This will be detailed and may make some readers feel uncomfortable. It should. The goal here is not gore, but the truth of what our Savior went through for us.
Normally, I put up Feature Friday blogs about a recent movie, song, or news article. But since the big talk of the town is the new Twilight movie and I can't stand them enough to write about them in length, I'll be sharing something I saw in real life this week.
So I was riding on the train this Wednesday when I saw this. Notice anything wrong here? There were a lot of people standing who had no seat, including an older woman not shown in the picture. The seat in front of me, as you can see, was occupied by two plastic bags. A few people who got on the train would actually look right at the seat, then at the guy next to them, and back at the seat. But the guy sitting there looked the other way every time.
There was an old woman sitting next to me who didn't like what she saw. So she actually tapped this guy on the shoulder and tried talking to him. She told him that there were people who needed a seat and asked him to please move his bags. She was actually very polite. His response? "If they need a seat, they should tell me." He put his head-phones back on and didn't move the bags! A gentlemen who had an aisle seat gave up his seat for the older lady then gave this guy a dirty look and still he did not move his bag.
Most of us have never seen a female pastor or priest. How come? Is the church sexist? Why can't women be leaders in the church? What is the deal?
Well, not all Christians agree on this issue. In fact, there are now several denominations of Christianity that are allowing women to be pastors. So what is your opinion Pastor Mark?
Mark has been happily married for five years, has a year and a half old daughter, and serves as a youth and children pastor in Oak Park.