Even So

Easter 2B  John 20:19-31 “…the doors of the house where [they] met were locked for fear…” This is the opening scene of our Gospel text for today and a description of Jesus’ disciples on that first Easter evening. They were behind locked doors, afraid. It is a feeling we might find very familiar because at…

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Even So, Send I You

Easter 2A John 20:19-31 A couple of days ago I presided at a memorial service for a man I did not know. This man had been active in a church as a child and young man, but he hadn’t been connected to a congregation of any kind in years. It is an awkward thing to…

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The Truth That Reigns Above All

Festival of the Resurrection   Matthew 28:1-10 Brothers and sisters in Christ, welcome to the resurrection! There is no greater joy in all the world than to proclaim this truth—the truth that is above all else—the truth that reigns above all in all creation. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Halleluia! Halleluia! The joy we…

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God Wins, Evil Loses, And We Are All Made New

Easter 5C   Revelation 21:1-6 The Book of Revelation. (and that’s Revelation not RevelationS) Of all the books of scripture, this one seems to cause the most questions and curiosity amongst Christians. When you ask most people about this book, they will tell you the first thing that comes to their mind is something about the…

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Her Beautiful and Amazing Work

Easter 4C Acts 9:36-43, John 10:22-30 One of the unique and, for me, frustrating things about the weeks after Easter is the absence of an Old Testament reading in our lectionary. Personally, I love the Old Testament, its stories of action, adventure, mystery, the in-depth back story to the Gospel. It’s like those episodes in…

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But what if it’s true?

Easter 3C    Acts 9:1-20 John 21:1-19 I will confess honestly but sheepishly that I am relieved Easter Sunday is well behind us. Don’t get me wrong here, I love Easter. I even love Lent! But all of the Lenten activities leading up to the big Festival of the Resurrection Sunday service, all the excitement Easter…

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