This Holy Week, we’ve been sharing daily devotionals from pastors and church workers who were with you in experiencing all of the joys, stresses, and spiritual significances of Holy Week.
Today, on the last day of Holy Week, we at Sparkhouse want to join the conversation.… Read the rest
Earlier this month, we launched the Sparkhouse blog and embarked on a unique path as we focused on providing a series of Sparkhouse Holy Week devotionals. We have heard from ministry leaders that, even with the best intentions, it can quickly become a chaotic week—one filled with challenges and a lack of time for self-care.… Read the rest
Have you ever been to a wild house party that turned into a prayer meeting revival? My friends and I have, but we planned for it to be that way. At least, as much as a group of faith-rooted activists, organizers, and seminarians could plan when making room for the Holy Spirit in the basement of my duplex in North Minneapolis, Minnesota.… Read the rest
As a young boy my favorite week of the entire year was Holy Week. I wish I could say I had a pious rationale for reveling in the most dramatic week of the liturgical year. But, truth be told, it was because I got to ride my Big Wheels at church.… Read the rest
“Then he went a short distance farther and fell on his face and prayed, ‘My Father, if it’s possible, take this cup of suffering away from me. However—not what I want but what you want.’”
—Matthew 26:39 (CEB)
While the disciples slept, Jesus, Servant of All, prayed to God about what he was hours from experiencing on behalf of others—death and temporary separation from God.… Read the rest
Holy Week. How do you react when you read those words? Do you look forward to the spiritual journey through Christ’s death and resurrection? Or brace yourself for the culmination of being overworked, overstressed, and overpaid?
Just kidding on that last one.… Read the rest
I’m not really sure how else to do it, so I’m just gonna give it to you straight.
I think there’s a valuable Holy Week lesson—particularly in regards to the Palm Sunday vs. Passion Sunday debate—to be learned from the SHOWTIME drama The Affair.… Read the rest
I’m embarrassed to admit that Holy Week, until I started working for a church, rarely raised to more than a blip on my radar. It’s not that I didn’t understand the liturgical rhythms of the church year—I was just focused on Easter.… Read the rest
From buzzer beaters to amazing upsets (who could’ve guessed UMBC would take down No. 1 ranked Virgina), this year’s March Madness tournament has been one for the books! But, you know what’s even one better?
The Best (or Worst?) Youth Ministry Cliches, brought to you by Sparkhouse!… Read the rest
“Yikes! There is music in Sunday School today!”
“Help! I need to lead Sunday School music this week!”
“Lord, thank you for the many gifts you have given me, but I don’t feel ‘musical’ is one of them.”
Music is a Bible-based part of our faith lives.… Read the rest