Let Beauty Awake! A (reluctant) song for Easter morning.
The song was written in November just as a northern prairie winter was starting to settle in; hardly a season (physically or emotionally) for Easter joy. For me, it was a season of terrible sorrow and anxious dread…
This is Love – Thoughts on the Capitol Hill Riots on this Maundy Thursday
Steve Bell reflects on his 1996 song, “This is Love” in light of the February 6 march on Capitol Hill.
The blog includes a recent performance video of the song:
Joy Surprises! — new blog and video for Palm Sunday
We’ve up up a new video for my song “Bethany in the Morning” which I hope can be a part of your Holy Week reflections.The song itself, co-written with my daughter-in-law, Diana Pops, was inspired by the events of Palm Sunday and its preceding day, Lazarus Saturday (as it is known in the Christian East.)
Easter Poems and Songs: Searching for the Light of Easter
“We were sent here to search for the light of Easter in our hearts. And when we find it, we are meant to give it away generously.”
Favourite things, poems and songs for Good Friday
The biblical tradition cannot be easily understood looking from the top-down as most of the scriptures were written by oppressed peoples throughout history…
HOLY SATURDAY — THE DAY OF JOYFUL SADNESS
I remember wondering what it would have been like to be a friend of Jesus, to have experienced his vigor, his newness and the wild hope he would have aroused for a long awaited promise to be fulfilled. And then to experience his grim suffering and death, and to have no idea that the astonishing Resurrection life was about to break into history and inaugurate the new creation, eternal and ever-green. The anguish must have been crushing.
Ready Your Heart…Reflections for Advent
As Advent is the beginning of the Christian year, now would be a good time to begin this unique pilgrimage…
Songs For Holy Week
4:06 AM. Since I can’t sleep anyway, I thought I’d put up a few songs you may want to ponder during Holy Week…
This Is Love: A race to the bottom.
…given the cultural context of the time, and the Messianic expectations of his disciples, this was an astonishing, counter-intuitive act that would have blown the doors off all available understanding.