Easter 2A 2017 Sermon John 20:19-31 from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 19  When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”  20  After he said...

Easter Sunday Sermon – April 16, 2017 Gospel of John 20:1-18 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They...

Easter Vigil Sermon from Matthew’s Gospel. Matthew 28:1-10 After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His...

Suffering is part of our shared reality. Humans, animals, plants and our environment are all vulnerable to suffering. Suffering can be intentional or unintentional. It can result organically, or the consequence of human error or be imposed by choice – as is the case this Palm Sunday morning when two Egyptian Coptic...

In the movie, Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch says, “Death ends a life, not a relationship.” We see this played out in the vision of Ezekiel and our story from John. Margaret Odell reminds us that “from the time Ezekiel first began to speak in 592 BCE, the (Hebrew) people’s long history of rebellion against God and now...

From St. John 9:1-41 For years, I’ve been dawn to the story of the man born blind. Every time I hear it, his story touches my soul. I feel a connection with the man and cherish his emotionally-packed words: “One thing I know, though I was blind, now I see.” This story encourages me. It invites me to trust in God’s...

Throughout the four Gospels there are several times when Jesus takes what his religious culture considers normative and turns it upside down. Today we have an example of Jesus’ topsy-turvy teaching. The scene is set at a well in Samaria. The two characters are a Samaritan woman and Jesus. She is at a...

LENT2A 2017 – JMA+ On my office desk I have a simple piece of artwork. Some see it as abstract. Other’s don’t. It is made of wood and can be held in your hand. In fact, if you hold it in your hand, the message within the art is unintelligible. If you sit it down and gaze at it from a distance, most people can see the...

I enjoy history. I delight in listening to a person’s personal history. I like learning about American history and Biblical timelines and contexts. I find classic cars thrilling and many old movies beguiling. My own memories often tickle me. I believe history provides understanding that allows us to live healthier in...

Last Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Patriots and the Falcons was captivating and unpredictable. Even so, I recall another game that caught my attention. It didn’t have the same dynamics as the Super Bowl and it wasn’t widely publicized, but I recall reading about a High School football game that took place in October...