S5E35: Doubt and Belief (John 20:19-31)

The Apostle Thomas gets such a bad rap. His name has become a byword among us to mean one who is skeptical or cynical (who among us doesn't know a Doubting Thomas?). Yet what we find in the story of Thomas is the generous grace of God, who, as James says, "gives to all liberally and not grudgingly." When we have doubts, God answers them with just what we need, and puts aside our fears with his gentle proof.

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on April 8, 2018.


S5E34: Victory! (Easter Message)

It's easy for us to forget that the disciples and the women were not expecting an encounter with the risen Christ that first Easter Sunday. After all, we know the rest of the story. We know how it ends. But for the women on the first day of the week who went to anoint the body of Jesus for burial, it was not a time of celebration but a time of mourning, and their mourning soon turned to fear.

Mark 16:1-8

Recorded at Hudson UMC on April 1, 2018.


S5E33: What Did You Come to See? (Easter Sunrise)

One of my favorite services of the year is the Easter Sunrise service, where we gather in front of the Hudson UMC Cemetery and proclaim "He is Risen!" as the sun comes up. This year it was overcast and dreary, a perfect metaphor for the emotions clouding Mary Magdalene's heart that first Easter morning. She didn't come to see the risen Lord, but rather to prepare the body of her fallen master.

John 20:1-18

Recorded at Hudson UMC Cemetery on April 1, 2018.


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