5th Sunday of Easter 2021

“I am the vine, you are the branches.” (John 15:5a).   This is a beautiful passage that we love to use to decorate everything from tea cups to T-shirts, but have you every really taken the time to read the full passage and digest all that Jesus is saying? He begins, “I am the true vine”Continue reading “5th Sunday of Easter 2021”

3 Easter 2021

Based upon some questions that came up during our Wednesday book study concerning the Trinity and given that today’s gospel story is focused on Christ’s Resurrection and the commissioning of the disciples to tell the story of Jesus’ life to all nations, a commissioning we as the extension of Christ own body have received ourselves,Continue reading “3 Easter 2021”

Good Friday 2021

Several times in the gospels, Jesus challenges one or more people to “take up [your] cross, and follow me.”  This challenge is found in all three of the synoptic gospels, and occurs long before Jesus is crucified.  So what did the cross represent before Jesus’ crucifixion?  What was Jesus telling the people to do? CrucifixionContinue reading “Good Friday 2021”

Maundy Thursday 2021

Many of you may remember Art Linkletter and his radio and film clips called “Kids Say the Darndest Things.”  It was later picked up by Bill Cosby for a couple years in the late 1990’s.  They were funny, because the children unabashedly spoke the truth they had witnessed or experienced, often in ways adults foundContinue reading “Maundy Thursday 2021”

Palm Sunday 2021

When we hear the word prophet or prophecy, we are inclined to think of someone who predicts the future, but in reality, this is a common misunderstanding and misuse of the concept of prophecy from the biblical point of view.  A biblical prophet was a spokesperson for God and a prophet did signs and wondersContinue reading “Palm Sunday 2021”

5 Lent 2021

Wednesday night, during our CS Lewis study, we talked about “tokens” or symbols and some ways we use them and how powerful they can be.  I was in Food Lion the other day and the man behind me noticed the cross around the neck of the woman behind him and immediately started asking her whereContinue reading “5 Lent 2021”