On the Road to Emmaus (a sermon for the third Sunday of Easter)

God’s grace and peace be with all of you. In our church calendar, today is the third Sunday of the season of Easter. It’s been two weeks since Easter Sunday. But in our gospel reading today, we’ve gone backwards in time a bit—this reading takes place on the day of the resurrection, the first Easter. … Continue reading On the Road to Emmaus (a sermon for the third Sunday of Easter)

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Doubt and the Gift of Faith

God’s grace and peace be with all of you. The scene opens on our gospel reading for today in a locked room. The disciples have hidden themselves away, isolated and afraid. And isn’t it interesting that they’re hiding behind locked doors?    The disciples have already heard from Mary Magdalene that Jesus’ body is missing from … Continue reading Doubt and the Gift of Faith

Surprising Savior (a sermon for Palm Sunday)

[Those who follow the Revised Common Lectionary know there are usually two options for Palm Sunday: either reading only the triumphant entry text, or reading the entire passion narrative. I have developed my own way of doing Palm Sunday. We read the triumphant entry text at the beginning of the service (this year, from Matthew); … Continue reading Surprising Savior (a sermon for Palm Sunday)