(Sermon for the Third Sunday of Easter A, 30 April 2017, based on Luke 24:13-35.) Luke the Evangelist tells us that the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus is a distance of seven miles, but you and I know better…. We know better, because even though most of us have never been to Jerusalem, at one … More Companion, Stranger, Sacrament: Christ is With Us!
(In lieu of a sermon, this pastor’s perspective on the process of writing a sermon, with a bit of commentary on John 20:19-31, the gospel lesson for the Second Sunday of Easter, near the end–couldn’t help myself!) When I was serving at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Vancouver a few years ago, members of the congregation … More How Does a Sermon Come Into Being?
(Sermon for the Resurrection of Our Lord, 16 April 2017, based on Matthew 28:1-10. Apologies for the lateness in posting!–MM) Christ is risen! [“He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!…] This is no harmless message we proclaim because in this often-heartless world we live in “harmless” just won’t cut it!… “Harmless” won’t cut through the…hard-heartedness of modern … More Christ is Alive!
Remember. Receive. Respond. These are the three lessons I took home with me from the interfaith Seder I attended at our local Jewish community center last Thursday….. But before I continue, I just have to say: As gifts from God, these lessons are by no means confined to ritual seders and sacraments; they can—and do–show … More Seders, Sacraments, and the Stuff of Life
I have a friend who reminds me of a butterfly….. Like a butterfly that struggles and thrusts its way out of its cocoon, my friend is fluttering and fighting to escape the trappings of the temporary tomb where she was trapped for too long. In that tomb she was held captive by fear and by … More The Messy, Beautiful Miracle of Resurrection