Easter 2022

For most of Jerusalem, Sunday arrived like every other Sunday.  The sun came up, the merchants went to their stores and began bringing out their baked goods and fresh fruit, fish and fowl, woven goods and exotic spices.  The sounds and smells of the shops mingled with the clattering of the hooves of Roman horsesContinue reading “Easter 2022”

7 Easter 2021

As many of you know, I enjoy dabbling in genealogy.  I especially love reading the old colonial wills because they gave you great insights into the life and relationships of the individual.  They all begin with “being of sound mind” much as ours do, but then many of them unashamedly admitted the “uncertainty of life”Continue reading “7 Easter 2021”

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”

7 Easter 2020

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.” 1 Peter 4:12 A couple of weeks ago, my sermon dealt with perspective.  We all like to think that whatever difficulties we are facing are unique and worse thanContinue reading “7 Easter 2020”

6 Easter 2020

Have you ever noticed that scripture frequently draws our attention to the absolute necessities of life and connects us to the necessities of the spiritual life?  Perhaps one of the reasons we fail to appreciate the importance of these spiritual necessities is that we have grown so accustomed to having the physical necessities that weContinue reading “6 Easter 2020”