Resurrection, Resurrection of Jesus, Empty Tomb, Easter, Mark 16:1-8, Sermon

The Two Questions Of Easter – An Easter Sermon On Mark 16:1-8

Easter is not just something from the past to be looked at and celebrated. It is the lens through which we are to see everything. It’s a life to be lived. Getting Jesus out of the tomb is not the ultimate goal of Easter. Easter is about our new life. That means that today is not the end of the story. It’s the beginning. The most important part of Easter is not what happens today. What matters most about Easter is what we do tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that.  Continue reading The Two Questions Of Easter – An Easter Sermon On Mark 16:1-8

Good Morning. Now Go Home. – An Easter Sunday Sermon on Matthew 28:1-10

I sometimes wonder if we have for so long so over-emphasized the uniqueness of Jesus’ resurrection that we have either forgotten or are unable to believe that there is only life. I wonder if we make such a big deal out of Easter Sunday that we are no longer able to see that everyday life holds the miracle of resurrection. I wonder if we miss the resurrected life that is ours because we are always looking and waiting for Jesus’ resurrection. Continue reading Good Morning. Now Go Home. – An Easter Sunday Sermon on 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

“You are Witnesses” – A Sermon on Luke 24:36-48; Easter 3B

The collect and readings for the Third Sunday of Easter may be found here. The following sermon is based on Luke 24:36-48. It’s not enough that the tomb is empty. It’s not enough to proclaim, “Christ is risen!” It’s not enough to believe in the resurrection. At some point we have to move from the event of the resurrection to experiencing the resurrection. Experiencing resurrected … Continue reading “You are Witnesses” – A Sermon on Luke 24:36-48; Easter 3B

Seen and Touched – A Sermon on John 20:19-31 for the Second Sunday of Easter

The collect and readings for the Second Sunday of Easter may be found here. The following sermon is based on John 20:19-31. I’m not exactly sure why, because I usually say no, but yesterday I agreed to participate in a telephone survey about politics. In response to one of the demographics questions I said that I was a priest. At the end of the survey … Continue reading Seen and Touched – A Sermon on John 20:19-31 for the Second Sunday of Easter