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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A Prayer to the God of the Resurrection

On Friday, we watched the Teacher become the Lesson, using the cross as a chalkboard for some and a digital whiteboard for others. On Saturday, we learned that even the silence speaks for God, that the dirt cannot cover God’s mouth. Today, we remember that even the grave is a womb in the hands of […]

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