Thursday, April 20, 2017

Get Out!

Get Out! (4/16/17)

 Qi He, The Risen Christ Appears

I borrowed the title of my Easter sermon from the comedy/horror movie Get Out. That might seem like an odd choice for an Easter message, but maybe not. Please read on to find the connection.

A New Family

A New Family (4/14/17)
Robert R. Thurman, Crucifixion
This year I had the opportunity to participate in a "Seven Last Words" service on Good Friday. The service of worship was conducted by pastors of the Belle Vernon Area Ministerium. The service ran from noon to 3:00 PM. I Preached on John 19:25-27.

A New Commandment?

A New Commandment? (4/13/17)

Window in Christ Church, Kortal, Germany: Footwashing

I love the intimacy of the Maundy Thursday worship service. There is something qualitatively different about sitting around a table (or three) for worship, rather than gathering in the sanctuary.

What Wondrous Love Is This (4/9/17)
 Wilhelm Morgner, Entry of Christ into Jerusalem

          Palm Sunday presents an interesting choice for all preachers. I can choose the liturgy of the Palms or the liturgy of the Passion. This year, I chose both. Now I suppose I could have chosen the Palm Sunday text—it’s shorter, so it would probably make for a shorter sermon, too. It’s also a lot more fun. It’s got shouts of Hosanna! Who doesn’t like that? The passion story has shouts of, “crucify!” That’s not fun at all. But the truth is, you can’t have the palms without the passion. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Seeing, Hearing, and Understanding

Seeing, Hearing, and Understanding (4/2/17)
 Jesus MAFA, Jesus Raises Lazarus to Life

On Sunday, April 2, I preached on the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. I suppose I could have posted this sermon earlier in the week, but I decided to let it sit for four days. Like Lazarus. Follow the link to read the full text of the sermon.