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An Easter Sermon

a Homily for Easter
Text: John 20:1-18

The Recap

I know that many of you were unable to attend the many parts of Holy Week and so missed the opportunity to know what we are actually celebrating this morning. 1,135 more words

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Faith In Spite of Death

a Sermon for Good Friday
Text: John 18:1-19:42

By what authority?

There’s a telling moment toward the beginning of Holy Week that explains the drama that is unfolding. 874 more words

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Not Alone: Maundy Thursday and the Building of Intimacy

a Sermon for Maundy Thursday
Text: John 13:1-17, 31b-35

The Cup

This year, it was helpful for me to remember that we have developed a different way of marking days from Jesus’s time and place. 789 more words

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Speaking: Palm Sunday and the liberation of Jesus

a Sermon for Palm Sunday A
Text: Matthew 21:1-11

Something to Say

What would you say and how would you say it?

That was the basis of the writing exercise we did Wednesday night.* Imagine that you have a prime time block on TV on Thursday night; 50 million people are watching, you have a nearly unlimited budget, and freedom to make the program the way you want it to be. 833 more words

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Unbinding: emptying the tomb

a Sermon for Lent 5A
Text: John 11:1-45

Preventing Death

Our story is almost over. Jesus is nearing Jerusalem. And in one final, glorious act, Jesus reveals the very thing He has come to do. 962 more words

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Leaving the Cave: seeing, believing, and true power

a Sermon for Lent 4A
Text: John 9:1-41

Plato’s Cave

In Plato’s Republic, the philosopher introduces a strange scenario in which a prisoner is trapped in a cave. 1,170 more words

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From Night to Day: reconciling, faith, and the Kingdom walk

a Homily for Lent 3A
Text: John 4:5-42

The Story

Our scene turns from Nicodemus, who seeks Jesus at night to an unnamed woman who stumbles upon him in the middle of the day. 1,224 more words

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