The Easter Hymn That Just Won’t Quit Me

My friend Kevin says that when a hymn gets stuck in your head, “it’s a little gift from God.” But what do you do when the hymn gnawing at your cabeza is one you just can’t stand? Growing up an Episcopalian, the Episcopal Church’s Hymnal 1982 has been—for better or worse—my primary church music influence. As hymnals go, it’s admittedly far from perfect, but where it…

The Easter Sermon

St. John Chrysostom (c. 349-407) was the archbishop of Constantinople and an Early Church Father. His name, meaning “golden-tongued,” attests to the renown in which he was held for his gifts as an orator and preacher. This sermon is a version of John Chysostom’s Easter sermon, which is still read every Easter in Orthodox churches around the world. It is…

O Empty Tomb (An Easter Hymn)

The following Easter hymn was written in 2005 as an assignment for a systematic theology class. The task was to write a metrical text grounded in scripture and conveying a particular theologian’s perspective on that scripture. This text is based on John 20 in which Mary, Peter, and John find Christ’s clothes in the empty tomb and are filled…

Who Will Wash?

Maundy Thursday has enjoyed a long and faithful history in my church, rich with meaning, pageantry, and participation. For decades, the people of my parish have gathered on this evening to hear how Christ instituted the Last Supper; to watch as the altar, like his body, is stripped of its “clothing”; to pray through the night as though they…