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He Came Back – A Sermon on John 20:19-31

John 20:19-31 Alleluia. Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia. It just sort of rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? Alleluia. Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia. It was the highpoint of last week’s Easter liturgy. It was today’s opening acclamation and will be for the next several weeks. But here’s what I wonder. Is it really that simple? That … Continue reading He Came Back – A Sermon on John 20:19-31

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Resurrection, The First Day Stories of our Life – An Easter Sermon on Luke 24:1-12

Easter Sunday, Luke 24:1-12 “He is not here, but has risen.” That’s it. That’s all I got. That’s the Easter story. There’s really nothing more to be said about this day than that. To say much more than that borders on saying more than we really know or can know. I don’t know how it happened. I have no proof or explanations. All I have … Continue reading Resurrection, The First Day Stories of our Life – An Easter Sermon on Luke 24:1-12

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Flowering of the Cross

One of the great Easter traditions is the flowering of the cross. People bring and place colorful fresh flowers on a drab wooden cross. What’s behind this? Is it just a pretty decoration? Well, it does look beautiful but there are also some beautiful traditions and meanings associated with the flowering of the cross. The sixth century hymn (#166) we sing on Good Friday celebrates … Continue reading Flowering of the Cross

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Yes, It’s Still True – A Sermon for Easter, Matthew 28:1-10

It’s true. It’s all true. Christ is risen! That’s the only that needs to be said today. In some ways it’s the only thing that can be said. That Jesus has been raised from the dead is the only thing I really have to tell you today. Nothing more. Nothing less. It’s the same thing the angel told the two women who went to Jesus’ … Continue reading Yes, It’s Still True – A Sermon for Easter, Matthew 28:1-10

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Struggling to Believe the Resurrection, John 20:19-31

“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.” That one sentence has left Thomas forever labeled Doubting Thomas. That’s the Thomas with whom we are most familiar. Maybe, however, there’s another side to Thomas, a twin, that we often overlook. That’s the … Continue reading Struggling to Believe the Resurrection, John 20:19-31

Thursday in Easter Week

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Book of Common … Continue reading Thursday in Easter Week

Icon of the Women at the Empty Tomb

The Grammar of Resurrection

What does grammar have to do with resurrection? A lot. It is theologically significant. It answers the “who” question. Hidden within the grammar is the power of God. Sometimes this is easier to see in the Greek than in the English translations we often read or hear. This year we heard from the gospel according to St. Luke, “He is not here, but has risen” (24:5, … Continue reading The Grammar of Resurrection