Tag: resurrection

Community of Peace

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in…

Broadening

We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. -from Romans 8…

Easter: Under Construction

“Don’t be alarmed,” [the young man] said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’” Trembling and bewildered, the women…

Come and See

““Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip.” -from John 1 In the beginning, the earth then was welter and waste and darkness over the deep and God’s breath hovering over the waters. It was then that the Voice began to speak. God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw…

Unexpected Revolution

Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him. “What is it you want?” he asked. She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.” -from Matthew 20 When we talk about the…

Transfigured Tombs

Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. -from Mark 15 The story of Jesus comes stocked with a cast of well-known characters. You’ve got your sick people, begging to be made well. You’ve got your sinners about to be shocked…

Ascension

The ascension is actually a coronation service. Jesus wins, Jesus is being crowned the king, and he’s bringing us along for the ride. Ascension Day was this past Thursday. That’s not a church holiday that we generally celebrate, so I thought I’d tell you a bit about it. Ascension Day is always on a Thursday because it’s always 40 days…

Endings and Beginnings

You don’t have to be a preacher, to let people read grace in your life. This week, Craig and I spent some time undecorating this space. It felt a little weird to be undoing all the work that our family and friends had done- untying the pennants, taking down the paper lanterns, moving the cranes into my office. Speaking of…

Unwrapped

Jesus arrives, wrapped in swaddling clothes, laid in a manger. Jesus departs, wrapped in a shroud, laid in a tomb. And, in between those two strips of cloth, Jesus carries on a ministry of unwrapping. Jesus lays hearts bare like it’s his job,

Unreasonable Hope

As all of Lazarus’ friends would have known, when a person dies, the spirit remains with the body for three days. There’s this three day transition, from life into death. That’s why family and friends come to sit with the body, come to say goodbye, come to express their appreciation for the dead person’s life and work. Lazarus’ friends and…