It's Thursday night. Darker than usual. Jesus has just finished the Passover dinner. Washed His disciples feet. Taken the cup. Watched Judas walk out. The end has come.
The unsuspecting eleven follow Him through the quiet city streets. Flying high on the heels of the triumphal entry, they are giddy with what-might-be. The conquering Son of David soon to sit on His rightful throne. Somewhere a candle flickers. Then another. They descend the Hill of the City of David and Jesus approaches the Brook Kidron. Higher on the hill above them, the clear spring bubbles up out of the earth, circulates through the grounds of the temple, and fills the ceremonial cleansing pools. From there it washes out the blood of the morning and evening sacrifices, then it descends the hill.
When it rolls beneath their feet, it smells of death.
Jesus stands on the stone bridge that crosses the brook. Glancing over His shoulder. The smell fills His nostrils. Fitting. He enters the Garden. Gethsemane. This is the place where the olives are crushed. Where the oil is poured out. This too is fitting…
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Kate Winslet is in talks to play the role of Ashley Knox alongside Idris Elba as Ben Payne. Both will be fantastic. Actually, the choice is brilliant. To think that either might actually be starring in a movie based on my book...are you kidding me? Really? You can read more about them here.This one is pretty good, too.
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Houston we have made the conversion! Can I get a witness!!
If you own a Kindle,River Road is now available on Amazon Kindle. River Road is a compilation of stories from my childhood. As true as I can remember them. They comprise much of the story of how I became me. And give you insight into the voice behind me the writer, me the troublemaker and me the curious child of God. Some fun, a few embarrassing, often painful, all close to my heart.
I was compelled yesterday to stop my truck and film a response to all of you who responded so overwhelmingly to yesterday's email. I don't even know what to say -- which is obvious from this video. Please accept my sincere thanks. (If you have no idea what I'm talking about, please go here.)
The other day Christy and I were sitting in the kitchen, talking about some stuff we've been actively praying over for a long time. Fifteen years. Maybe longer. On the surface, we’ve seen little change. If any. She’s tired. Worn down. Her Hope, capital ‘H’ and her Faith, capital ‘F,’ have been dinged. The look on her face spoke both frustration and hurt. “Why doesn’t God do something?” I get it. Part of me was tired, too.
But, when she said it, something in me got pretty irritated pretty quick. Not at her. I love her. She’s my precious, magnificent wife. Christy is not the problem. The problem is an unwanted guest that, over time, has crept into my house, into our language, our thinking. He is silent, insidious, crafty and evil. Pretty good at tip-toeing. He’s been whispering lies a long, long time. And he has a name. And when Christy spoke those ‘why-doesn’t-God-do-something-words,’ I heard his name.