Sermons

Anti-Authority for a Cause

As I read the scriptures earlier this week and while listening again to Luke's account of Jesus' final week, days, and minutes, I was reminded of its anti-empire and anti-authority tone. This tone is not intended to paint Jesus, Luke, or his community as anti-authority punks or rebel without a cause. The cause was shared… Continue reading Anti-Authority for a Cause

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Journey to the Cross: an Invitation to Holy Week

Welcome to the beginning of Holy Week. Holy Week is a powerful time in our church year and within our life of faith, but it is also a challenging week. I have been thinking about how our gospel this morning (and week) is exactly what creates best-selling novels and movies. It has the full range… Continue reading Journey to the Cross: an Invitation to Holy Week

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Dark Room or Tomb?

YouTube Video Sunday was Palm Sunday and we celebrated it as both Palm and Passion Sunday, embracing the whole of Holy Week primarily focusing on Maundy Thursday [and] Good Friday. We begun the service with Christ entering triumphantly into the holy city and making preparations for Passover, which Passover this year begins today for our Jewish… Continue reading Dark Room or Tomb?

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Passion Sunday: Why did Jesus “Have” to Die?

This morning mirrors the over-whelming emotional & liturgical roller-coaster awaiting us, which cannot be fully embraced or experienced in one worship service. This morning we experience the best of humanity, processing in worship with palm branches remembering the triumphant shouts of joy welcoming our Messiah-King into the holy city of Jerusalem. Yet, we also experience the worst of humanity bearing witness… Continue reading Passion Sunday: Why did Jesus “Have” to Die?