For Christians, the empty tomb is a strange image for Easter — we struggle with what God is actually giving us: the need to wrestle with Jesus’s absence before we can find him present. Mary confronts death before seeing new life Easter | John 20:1-18 There is more to say than “Christ is Risen!” Not […]
The empty tomb is the great symbol of change. To proclaim the good news, we have to confront the truth. That we don’t hate change, we’re afraid of something else. Why we need the empty tomb The Great Vigil of Easter | Mark 16:1-8 “I hate change!” That’s what people tell me. Every day I […]
For centuries, Christians have viewed Thomas as a scandal of doubt in the midst of the resurrection, rather than realize he isn’t the subject. Beyond Thomas, doubt, and our simple approaches to faith Easter 2A | John 20:19-31 When we look at the same picture, do our brains assess the contents of the picture differently? […]
In the Easter story, we are given the collision of emotions (fear and joy) which explain the Christian condition. We continue to love through everything. When fear and joy get tangled together in love The Great Vigil of Easter | Matthew 28:1-10 “He is not here; for he has been raised.” Usually a person isn’t […]
Jesus comes in peace, not cured, not perfect, not totally destroyed, not undead, zombied, but alive, with the scars to show the kind of death he suffered. He arrives to the disciples, who are scared, confused, alone, and he brings them peace. Thomas and the Challenge of Fear Easter 2C | John 20:19-31 The full […]
That GOD chooses to reveal the truth of Jesus to Mary, shouldn’t surprise anyone actually reading or following along in the big story. Jesus and the life of faith Easter C | John 20:1-18 The full text may be downloaded above. For the audio, visit the Rector’s Page.
Of course they remember, they remember it all, this reminder bringing it all back. But still, it couldn’t be true, either way; it doesn’t work like that. Remembering Jesus through the empty tomb Great Vigil C | Luke 24:1-12 The full text may be downloaded above. For the audio, visit the Rector’s Page.
But I wonder, if we listen close, if we don’t hear words, we’ll hear weeping. Weeping for the loved one lost? Weeping for GOD’s own? Weeping for our pain and suffering and confusion? Weeping because we haven’t listened. Mary, Martha, Lazarus and the Light of the World All Saints’ Day B | John 11:32-44
From the Tomb to Our Lives/Easter 3B/Luke 24:36−48 The resurrected Jesus doesn’t stay in the assurance; he doesn’t stay in the place of comfort. He takes them back to the time before, taking them to the memory of when he was alive. Taking them to the time in which he was alive and talking about […]
How the Empty Tomb Provides All the Ending We Need/Mark 16:1−8 Photo by James Willis