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On the Road (Again)

The Road to Emmaus is an understated, but beloved, post-Resurrection account of the Risen Christ.

It beautifully interweaves distinctive characteristics of the Gospel of Luke, for example the Holy Spirit is the force that drives Jesus further down the road towards places of hospitality and shared table fellowship – or road trips, friendly faces, and yummy food!

The Road to Emmaus happens on the evening of the Resurrection.

There are two disciples on a seven-mile road trip from Jerusalem to Emmaus. These seven-miles might not sound adventurous, or be considered a legitimate road trip, but it was on foot alone and wearing sandals in a hot, sandy desert. We do not know the purpose for their road trip, but perhaps the disciples found it therapeutic; similar to how a Jeep, a dirt country road, and the radio turned up is for me.

These disciples, during these seven-miles, were not on the road to Emmaus alone but also grief recovery.

These disciples are processing the grief of witnessing the arrest, passion, crucifixion, and death of their beloved rabbi and friend.

These disciples are processing the grief of hope lost, for they had hoped Jesus was the long awaited Messiah. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 23, 2020 in Sermons


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Easter Evening on the Road to Emmaus

Please note scripture is posted below.

It is the evening of the Resurrection. Two disciples are traveling the seven miles to Emmaus while processing Jesus’ arrest, passion, crucifixion, and death. They are grieving not only the death of their rabbi (teacher) and beloved friend, but also their hope that Jesus had been the long-awaited Messiah to ‘save us’. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 12, 2020 in Devotions/Reflections


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Our ‘Road to Emmaus’


Last week, we had a beloved and familiar text from the Gospel of John which was ‘Doubting Thomas’. I talked about ‘doubting’ Thomas as one seeking to understand what was happening. I talked about Paul Tillich’s statement that “Doubt is not the opposite of faith; doubt is an element of faith” (The Dynamics of Faith, 1957).

This week, we have another very beloved and familiar story but we detour into the Gospel of Luke. We actually rewind a little bit as well, because this is the day of the Resurrection. It is one of my most beloved (favorite) stories, it is the ‘Road to Emmaus’.  I am going to ask us to do a little imagining of our own this morning.

Imagine that we are walking on a dirt path leading out of the holy city of Jerusalem to a small village called Emmaus. Its going to be about a seven mile walk.

We’re mourning. We’re in grief. We’re fearful and we’re confused. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Sermons


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