Tell them what I said

Repeating after Jesus is dangerous. It can get you killed. This is why the disciples gave the cat their tongue, why they feigned deafness, laryngitis and amnesia when the authorities came to arrest Jesus. “Jesus who? I’ve never met him before in my life.” They didn’t even want to be found in the same sentence […]

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This is a good Friday

“I’ll do it when I’m good and ready.” “It’s just not the right time. I need more time.” But in matters of faith, we are never truly good or really ready. Filthy rag righteousness, we could never clean up the mess we’ve made on our own. The Apostle Paul tells the truth and shames us […]

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Maundy Thursday: Tough Love

In John chapter 13, Jesus doesn’t just want us to talk about love.  Jesus wants to see it, hear it, feel it in our fellowship. It is a love that Christians should be famous for, that Christian should be synonymous with.  Jesus said and demonstrated it every day of his life and even in his death. […]

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When Jesus comes to town

“The next day the great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem.” | John 12.12, NRSV It is interesting to see how people prepare the way for Jesus today.  In America, we set up shop at his grave, selling -covered crosses, bubble gum eggs and bunny slippers.  “Get […]

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Rushing the Resurrection

“Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!”  But, not so fast.  Before we move on to the next thing on our liturgical to- do list, let’s take in this moment. Jesus has done more than defeat death but has won the salvation of the world.  He is the only Undefeated Champion, claiming the victory of […]

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Race will not survive

I shared a meditation at a Maundy Thursday service last night titled “Do as I do.” It is a command that highlights the disconnect between our words and our actions.  We know and say what is right but so often, we do not do what is right. We point out the rule while side- stepping the practice of […]

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Not Worth Much

Yesterday, I shared a message with the congregation titled, “Costly Obedience.”  Unpacking the well- known hymn recorded in Philippians 2.5-11, I invited listeners to consider again the price that Christ paid for our sins.  It was a costly obedience because he was obedient to the point of death– not obedient for personal gain, not agreeable […]

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