Sermon: Resurrection and the Life

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we thank you for the work of redemption – for reconciling us to you through the cross of Christ, for the victory and promise of the resurrection, for the new life in Christ we receive through the Spirit – we thank you for all of this. We also thank you…

Sermon: The Good News of Easter

This is the good news: Jesus Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. This Easter Call and Response is an embodiment of the heart of the Christian faith. There is good news: Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. And we are called to respond in faith. While faith is more than just acknowledging something…

First Glance: 2 Kings 4:8-37

Did I ask for a son, my lord?” she said, “Did I not tell you, ‘Don’t raise my hopes?’ (2 Kings 4:28) The first story of Elisha and the Shunammite woman is filled with life and joy. The woman extends the hospitality of her table and eventually has a room built to house the prophet.…

First Glance: John 20:1-18

Then the disciples went back to their homes, but Mary stayed outside the tomb crying. (John 20:10-11a) There was very little celebration that first Easter morning. As Christians around the globe prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus in a few days time, I was struck by the contrast with that first Easter morning. We…

First Glance: John 11:1-45

“Jesus wept” John 11:35 In English, this is the shortest verse in the Bible. I remember this because, like many of my friends in Sunday School, we would cite this verse any time we were asked if we had any verses in the bible memorized (I won my share of Sunshine Dollars from this one).…

First Glance: Luke 24

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.” Luke 24:5 In looking through Luke’s account of Jesus’ resurrection (and glancing at Matthew, Mark, and John), I was struck by the fact that none of them record the resurrection itself. There are plenty of witnesses to the…