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08
Apr 2018
Resurrection: The journey through fear

Scripture: John 20:19-23 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on......

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02
May 2017
The Heart of Resurrection

What is resurrection to you? What was it to you in the past? How has your concept of resurrection begun to change during this Easter Season? On Easter: We talked about how resurrection is a God’s Love Wins moment. And that resurrection means letting go of our pre-understandings of our faith stories, dying to the staleness of hearing what we have always heard and rising to listen with new ears, new eyes and a fresh perspective as if hearing a story for the first time. Last Sunday: We read about Thomas, Doubting......

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24
Apr 2017
Resurrecting Jesus Today

Rwanda. 1994. Just after Easter.  In 100 days over 800,000 Tutsi people are killed by the Hutu majority government.  An estimated 70-80% of the Tutsi population. After the genocide was halted by the Rwandan Patriotic Force taking control of the country, an estimated 2 million Rwandans, mostly Hutus who feared retribution, were displaced and became refugees. The rate of killing during these 100 days was higher than that of the Holocaust. And this mass killing was obviously labeled a genocide. Now, you probably have some memory of this happening, most likely because......

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17
Apr 2017
Living Resurrection

Those of us who grew up Christian have a pre-understanding of Easter, just as we do of Good Friday and Christmas. That understanding shapes the way we hear of these stories. To be sure, it makes them beloved stories of our affection.  They remind us of years past when we heard them told….of people we were with and places we were at. The remind us of plays and musicals performed over the years.  They have become a beautiful part of our memory that will live with us forever. And our pre-understanding also......

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03
Apr 2017
Becoming Whole Again

I remember starting the 5th grade. There was some confusion about what teacher I had that year. You see, my teacher had just been married. The previous year, she was Ms Slaughter…not exactly the name you want to see on your Welcome Back to School letter. “Your in Ms Slaughter’s class!” After getting married over the summer, Ms. Slaughter became Mrs. Simple. Pretty dramatic change in names… at least in the mind of a 5th grader. Her class was one that most kids wanted because of a big end of year field......

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