Songs for Holy Week


As we embark on celebrating Holy Week,, I am drawn to one of my favorite Good Friday hymns, written by Sydney Carter.  Here is one of my favorite renditions online:

For theological nerds out there like myself, you might get special Good Friday feels to see esteemed theologian and church man Bishop N. T. Wright singing the same song himself:

Take some time to meditate on these words, as a call to see yourself in each of the figures looming large on this Good Friday.   In important ways, we are called to see ourselves alongside Jesus each day of Holy Week.

Blessings on your Holy Week journey!

Your progressive redneck preacher,


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Lent Reflections – Part Four– “Through The Cross To The New Creation, The Church In Action”

Shepherding All God's Creatures

Part two of an article based on a talk given by May Tripp at the Retreat For Animal Welfare, Maryvale, 19th June, 1993.  This article is included in the book, “Animal Welfare:  Through The Cross, A Collection Of Animal Christian Concern Articles” by Roslyne Smith.  The book can be purchase here.

John, Creation Swap Photo by Krist Adams

In Part One, we left off where by the author, May Tripp, is about to explore the passages in Matthew 15 v 1-20.


Looking at the passage in question we see that Jesus is here talking to Pharisees and teachers of the law and we know well how Jesus constantly warned them against their legalism. In fact the whole passage is about legalism, not directly about food at all, but about rituals such as hand washing and food laws. Yes, Jesus reminds his listeners, as He always did…

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A Holy Week Devotional — Holy Water, Holy Feet


I want to share a holy week devotional from another progressive pastor here in the Triangle, Rev. Isaac Villegas of Chapel Hill Mennonite, a pastor who has done alot of work about tearing down walls in the church that keep out people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ people, and that disempower women.  In the following devotional he shares about his experience with these concerns and how it translates into his practice of footwashing, which is a tradition that is often remembered or joined in on the Thursday before Easter, as that is when Jesus began his Last Supper by washing his disciples’ feet.

Here is the article:

I hope it blesses you!

Your progressive redneck preacher,


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Life for Kindness

My Joyous Feature

There’s a generous feeling of kindness. In that perfect level, it will bring that good personality. Love puts the cherishing kindness heart into that good taste of quality. Making it a bittersweet tone.

A selfless turn can establish it into a perfect twist. That twist shall put the acts of kindness into that perfect joy.

Kindness brings so many things to accomplish with. There’s so many things to learn all about kindness. Some will grow into it with an open mind. Taking that pure feeling of life in that sweet moment.

Something that can fetch a smile into a brighter moment. Taking in that light of joy shining into the goodness of life. Kindness will cherish that light of day.

Kindness has a complete gift. A gift with an open heart. Inside that perfect little gift, into the world. The world needs kindness.

Sharing that pure kindness to others will…

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Week in the Word: Daring Boldly


This is the message I preached Palm Sunday, March 25, at Hanks Chapel United Church of Christ in Pittsboro, NC.  Hanks Chapel has Sunday school at 9 AM, with worship beginning at 10 AM, and is located at 190 Hanks Chapel Loop, Pittsboro, NC.   For folks hoping to join Easter Sunday, we have an Easter Sunday service outside at 7 AM, with breakfast following; then Sunday school at 8:15, and our full Easter service at 9 AM.

Daring Boldly

John 12:12-16
palm branch12The next day the great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord— the King of Israel!” 14Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it; as it is written: 15“Do not be afraid, daughter of…

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