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4th Sunday of Easter (John 10:22-30)

God has forever been promising to make all things new.  Jeremiah the prophet said it long before Jesus:  “The days are surely coming says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.”  We believe that promise was fulfilled in the man Jesus who was so much like God that we call him Son of God.  The name “Jesus” means God saves. (more…)

3rd Sunday of Easter (John 21:1-19)

The resurrection of Jesus is so difficult for us to grasp that we need to hear the story again and again in different ways and at different times in our lives.  Children and youth perceive the risen Christ differently from young, middle and older adults.  None of us actually sees a body before us.  I’ve often wondered if one of the original disciples had an iPad and took a picture of the risen Christ what he would have seen. (more…)

2nd Sunday of Easter (John 20:19-31)

We’ve all known someone whose appearance has changed so drastically that we didn’t recognize them.  It can happen if you remember someone as a child and you don’t see them again until they are an adult.  It can happen through the aging process after a long illness.  Or it can happen if you’re not expecting to see a friend in a remote place. (more…)

Easter Sunday (Luke 24:1-12)

We have gathered here today to celebrate an unnatural, unbelievable event – the Resurrection of Jesus from death.  Resurrection is not of this world.  We know how this world works.  We’re born, we live and then we die.  As one person said, “If the dead don’t stay dead, what can you count on?”  Resurrection breaks all the rules.  Even though we often kick at the rules, at least we know them and they provide us some comfort.  Resurrection upsets everything.  Those who know the story shouldn’t be surprised. (more…)

Palm Sunday (Luke 22:1-23:56)

What one thing will you take with you from this passion drama?  Allow me to offer a suggestion.  I owe these thoughts to Robert Capon, pastor, theologian, and author of 25 books.

It’s all about power, left-handed and right-handed power.  (more…)

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Sermon – Fifth Sunday in Lent (John 12:1-8)

No one would spend a year’s wages on an expensive perfume and then waste it on someone’s feet.  No woman in Jesus’ day with any self-respect would let her hair down in public.  No self-respecting rabbi would allow such a woman to treat him in this way.  So why is this story in the Bible, and why do we hear it today on the Sunday before Palm Sunday? (more…)

Sermon – Fourth Sunday in Lent (Luke 15:1-3,11-32)

The parables of Jesus are a form of shock therapy.  They are intended to jolt us into a new self-awakening by showing us how God acts toward us and those around us.  Jesus begins with something very common and familiar.  Then after getting us to identify with one or more of the characters he springs the trap.  Everything is turned upside down.  We are caught.  We are tempted to resist the parable and try to put everything back the way it was, or the way we think the world is.  The parable has shown us something about God and about ourselves that doesn’t seem right or fair.  The parable forces a decision from us. (more…)