Monthly Archives: April 2015

Refusing to help in a world of need

Text: 1 John 3:16-24 (love in action) In 2007, when I started a Masters of Divinity program, I sent an email to a group of friends telling them that I had adopted a theme song for my time at Emmanuel … Continue reading

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Finding a fifth Gospel

Text: John 20:19-31 (Jesus appears twice) What day is this? Perhaps it’s Easter? We just heard a reading set on the first Easter Sunday in which Jesus appears to the disciples who are scared and hiding in a locked room. … Continue reading

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Easter: a marathon of hope

Texts: Acts 4:32-35 (sharing everything); Psalm 133 (living together in unity); Luke 24:36-53 (Jesus suddenly appears) I’m tired. How’s that as a way to start of a sermon? I blame Holy Week. Not that I didn’t love it. I liked … Continue reading

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Easter’s everyday miracles

Text: Mark 16:1-8 (Jesus’ empty tomb) Easter reveals many happy truths — that the death of our illusions can lead us back to our sacred values; that hitting rock bottom can open a path to recovery; and that at the … Continue reading

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Good Friday: holiday or holy day?

Text: Mark 15:21-47 (Jesus’ crucifixion and burial) Easter is about new life within the heart of God. This is the good news that we proclaim each week in worship and which we try to live out as a church in … Continue reading

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