God bless you on this wonderful morning. Welcome to the most joyous of all Christian holidays—Easter! We celebrate with all of you this pinnacle day of the Christian calendar. Today, we extol life over death and hope over despair. Jesus’ triumph over the grave demonstrates how love and light crush hate and darkness. The good news is that God’s message lives fully within us. Jesus’ flesh and blood have long since vanished but his principles remain alive as ever. Indeed, the Christ (literally “the anointed one”) reigns supreme as a messenger of God’s salvation. Easter reminds us that death is not the final word forRead More →

We emphasize Jesus’ final week on earth, the beginning of which is heralded by Palm Sunday, a time of great celebration before the typically dour Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Cultivate joy as we welcome Jesus. Palm Sunday marks the commemoration of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Jesus knew that his entrance would be the last time entering the capital city before his arrest and crucifixion. Jesus’ highly public entrance into Jerusalem encouraged his supporters, who recognized in Jesus a man of promise and hope. The word on the street was that the crowds who adored Jesus knew him as the populist prophet from NazarethRead More →

The stakes are high because today’s lectionary theme is that of life from death, of the triumph of God’s spirit over desolation and destruction. From Ezekiel to Romans and on into John’s gospel we explore the pervasive power and promise of spirituality. Do you feel that you are a spiritual person? This is more than a casual question. The scripture selections elevate spirituality as the core of our Christian faith and we must not ignore the very essence of God. Ezekiel’s prose about dry bones coming to life joins with Paul’s talk about spiritual vitality to form a dynamic, parallel commentary to the gospel readingRead More →