GOOD FRIDAY. One of our kids asked one time, "Why do they call it Good Friday? Isn't this the day that Jesus was killed?" It is confusing, especially if we contemplate the betrayal, abuse, torture and suggering of Jesus. Why not "Terrible Friday?" Or "Catastrophe Friday?" Maybe "Evil Friday." It is a hard day. I think I understand why many Christians skip over it completely. It is a day when we are asked to get in touch with all of the evil and chaos of the world. Even harder, we are encouraged to get in touch with the difficult stuff rumbling around in our own souls.
Death. Separation. Anxiety. Fear. Temptation. Greed. Why Good Friday? It is Good because against all advice and against all odds, Jesus goes to Jerusalem to mount a rescue attempt - for us. It is Good because in the deepest places, we are not alone; do not have to be alone. Even there, or especially there, we can hear our name being called. And it is a voice of Hope and Goodness.
is originally from Oklahoma. He went to graduate school at Drew University, in Madion, New Jersey, seminary at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta Georgia and did his Doctorate at Garrett-Evang. in Evanston, Illinois. Talk about a mixed-up accent! Pastor Kent enjoys hiking, biking, coaching soccer, reading and spending time with Kathy and their 3 kids. Pastor Kent has experience as a counselor as well as a pastor.