Small Easter

  A few years ago I audited a class at St. Paul seminary on “Preaching and the Short Story.” There was a story on the syllabus with “Easter” in the title, and I kept thinking I should read that before I wrote my Easter sermon. So this story title, “Small Easter,” kept rattling around in…

Jesus Gives the Spirit

*John 14:15-27; John 20:19-23 In John 14, the Farewell Discourse, Jesus tells his disciples not to be afraid. Now in John 20 we see the disciples scared for their lives, hiding behind locked doors. In both passages, Jesus offers them peace in the midst of their fear. And then Jesus breathes on them and says,…

Easter Calls to Worship

With Matthew¬† 28:1-10 The earth is shaking.Are angels descending?The tomb is before us.Is the stone rolling back?It’s bright as lightening, blinding as the sun reflecting off of snow.Of course we are afraid.But we need not tremble.We need not become like the dead.Because the tomb is emptyand we are calledfirst to worshipthen to go with joyand…