Mark D. Roberts
Holy Week & Easter Archives

Most of our traditional Easter practices happen on Easter Sunday: going to church with family, a sunrise service, a special dinner, wearing fancy spring dresses, hunting for eggs, and so forth. In church, we sing music reserved for Easter, hymns […]

In my adult years, I have come to enjoy flowers. When I lived in Irvine, I would always plant flowers at about this time of year: Impatiens, Begonias, etc.  Things are different now. My yard in Texas is considerably more […]

READ Ephesians 1:19-23 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of […]

READ Luke 23:44-56  “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands.” Luke 23:46 Two of the last seven “words” of Jesus were quotations from the Psalms. Earlier Jesus had used Psalm 22, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned […]

READ John 19:19-30 “It is finished.” John 19:30 I never saw a more difficult film to watch than Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. For most of that movie, I wanted to avert my eyes. It was horrible to […]

As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, many people are traumatized by the changing of music in church. I am one of those people. I must confess that I am bugged when I’m singing a familiar hymn, one I […]

In yesterday’s post I explained the unusual origin and history of the hymn “Crown Him with Many Crowns.” Though most hymnals today include four verses of this hymn, its original author, Robert Bridges, wrote six. Then, a couple of decades […]

One of my favorite hymns, and one that is frequently sung during Holy Week and Eastertide, is “Crown Him with Many Crowns.” The lyrics of this glorious hymn celebrate the multi-faceted sovereignty of Christ. If you were to look in […]

Today I want to comment on a couple of items related to the middle of our country. A Mennonite College and the National Anthem First, I’ve been fascinated by a story about Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana. The college has […]

My family and I visited New York City over spring break. I had fun taking lots of photos there. But I think I had more fun observing my son, who has become quite a fine photographer, taking his photos. I […]