Holy Week: Duane W.H. Arnold,  PhD

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  1. Michael says:

    As I face a difficult road ahead, this weeks rituals and teachings about my faith are vital.
    At some point in every life, they become more than just doctrine.
    Taught well, they speak of the victory of Jesus, the victory of light over the darkness.
    Yet yesterday I heard a pastor use the triumphal entry as an opportunity to exhort his people to throw off Covid 19 mitigations.
    We have few small lights left that will lead us to the greater Light…

  2. Duane Arnold says:

    It might sound strange, but some years I find Holy Week and Easter much more ‘present’. This is one of those years…

  3. Em says:

    Two things recorded remind me of Jesus’ humanity because, so often they reflect my mind, my human frialty….
    “Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me.” And then the hard to say( for me), “Nevertheless, not my will but Thine be done.”
    “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?” Hanging there, naked, the mortal cried.

  4. Steve says:

    What are those lights you are referring to?

  5. bob1 says:

    Yet yesterday I heard a pastor use the triumphal entry as an opportunity to exhort his people to throw off Covid 19 mitigations.

    Perhaps a shame there isn’t such a thing as suing for pastoral malpractice…
    the wise ones will put their running shoes on and exit.

  6. Em says:

    Not answering for Michael, but for my part those lights turn up here and in the teachings of the many good pastor teachers of the past….
    Today our good teachers are few and far between. ..
    Seems to be conflict between concentration and entertainment…. Dunno ? ? ?

  7. Michael says:


    I’m referring to pastors that can lead us back to Jesus without the political baggage…

  8. BrideofChrist says:

    This week we,had out taxes done by the nice lady at H&R Block who does our taxes every year. We were very sad to learn that her mother caught Covid and died from it this past year in southern California. My next door neighbor’s mother also died from Covid. Such a sad year for so many people. I also found out that the two adult twenty-something daughters of our next door neighbors ‘ on the other side both caught Covid. They never wore masks, and their parents said, ” They’re adults so what can we do? ” They both were still living at home and we suspected as much because both daughters were living in their parents motorhome parked in front of their house for two weeks. I wonder how many other people those two girls (who refused to wear masks) infected, and how many of those infected died?

  9. Michael says:

    It just exhausts me that we cannot even focus on the faith for a week during our holy season…

  10. Em says:

    Michael @ 10:41
    Makes sense to me….. Hope that doesn’t jinx it…. 🙆

  11. Steve says:

    Do you really believe that is possible or is it just a hope that you have? What is being led back to Jesus mean, to you?

  12. Michael says:


    I can preach the rest of my life without mentioning Covid19, masks, or the United States.
    My job is to constantly place Jesus in front of my people…and that’s what I do and will continue to do.

  13. Jean says:

    If the church relegated Jesus to just one week a year, I would lobby for Holy Week. The one thing that only Jesus can accomplish for mankind that no hero or political leader can accomplish is the forgiveness of sins, reconciliation with God, the bestowal of eternal life and of a good conscience. These graces were accomplished Holy Week, ultimately on the cross.

    For just one week, may Jesus be the subject of church, may he serve a church who needs His service more than ever. We wasn’t forced to serve us by shedding His blood for our damnable sins; He wanted to. May He be allowed one week to take our burdens and deliver us from our sins.

    My prayer is that our application for Holy Week is to believe that Jesus Christ, fully man and fully God, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit by the Virgin Mary for you, He suffered and died for you, He was raised from death for you, He ascended to the right hand of the Father for you, and He will come again for you. His baptism is the washing of regeneration, the new birth as God’s child! In Him all our sins are forgiven, blotted out, forgotten by God, cast into the depths of the sea!

    May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit penetrate all your hearts this Holy Week!

  14. BrideofChrist says:

    Easter to me has always been about the Resurrection, rebirth, new Life…all of our Easter symbols – the Calla Lily, the cross, represent Christ’s triumph over death. I’ve always felt that He was reminding us that death is not the end, as well as dying in the cross as atonement for our sins. I’m sorry I didn’t make that more clear…I am thinking of the many who have died this year, but also of the rebirth and new life for those who will accept Jesus as their savior. Blessings

  15. bob1 says:

    I’d think liturgical churches would have a stronger structure and barriers against politicizing from the pulpit and sticking to the message of Christ…but in the end it also comes down to the minister/priest. I know there’ve been RC churches where the priest has pontificated about covid, etc….but from the accounts I read, they were disciplined by their diocese. One “freelance” guy (not a priest) got into it. He either retired or was moved to a different diocese, don’t remember which.

  16. Duane Arnold says:


    I think the liturgy does provide some ‘guardrails’ and, thankfully, the homily is shorter. BTW, one of the disciplined RC priests was nearby… he was moved within the space of two weeks,,,

  17. bob1 says:



    I think it’s called, “You — out of the theological gene pool.” Or at least transferred! 🙂

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