April 24, 2018

Sundays in Easter: The Very Good Gospel (3)

Sin is not about the personal imperfection of the self. Rather, sin is any act that breaks any of the relationships God declared very good in the beginning. • Lisa Sharon Harper • • • On Sundays in Easter, we are hearing from Lisa Sharon Harper about The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can […]

Sundays in Easter: The Very Good Gospel (1)

Shalom is the stuff of the Kingdom. It’s what the Kingdom of God looks like in context. It’s what citizenship in the Kingdom of God requires and what the Kingdom promises to those who choose God and God’s ways to peace. • Lisa Sharon Harper • • • On Sundays in Easter, we will hear […]

Easter 2018: Thank God for the Gospel of Mark

Easter 2018 Sermon: Thank God for the Gospel of Mark When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. […]

Jesus Ascended — So What?

‘I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.’ I will tell of the decree of the Lord:He said to me, ‘You are my son; today I have begotten you. • Psalm 2:6-7 Although all the elements of the gospel remain irreducibly vital, Jesus’s reign is the most important stage for us today. • […]

Easter IV: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture to see larger image) • • • The Gospel for this Sunday in Bach’s day was John 16:16-23, a text in which Jesus warns his disciples, “Very truly, I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice; you will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy.” […]

Poetry Week: Morning Two – Christina Rossetti

Note from CM: We feature two Easter poems today. The first is by one of my favorite devotional poets, Christina Rossetti. We featured her during Advent in 2014, and today we offer one of her delightful Easter carols. As in her Advent poems, which mirrored the “bleak midwinter” climate in which she lived, so too her Easter poetry […]

Easter II: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) ❀ One of two cantatas for the second Sunday in Easter is “Halt im Gedächtnis Jesum Christ” — “Keep in mind Jesus Christ.” It is the earliest of two that Bach wrote for this Sunday, both of which have been described as “masterpieces.” As for its content, Craig Smith […]

A Scientist Talks about Human Destiny Beyond Death

A Scientist Talks about Human Destiny Beyond Death John Polkinghorne, respected scientist and ordained Anglican priest, is a man, his bio says, “who is not afraid to ask difficult questions about God’s action in His creation. How can God act in a world governed by scientific law?” In this brief interview, appropriate for Eastertide, Polkinghorne […]

Resurrection Sunday 2017

Resurrection Sunday 2017 This holy and blessed day is the first day of the week, the king and master of all days, the feast of feasts and the season of seasons. On this day we bless Christ forever and ever. O faithful, come on this day of the glorious resurrection; let us drink the wine […]

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen: May 8, 2016

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen On the Eucharistic Life This is the final Sunday in Eastertide and next Sunday we mark Pentecost. During this season we are contemplating words from Henri Nouwen on the eucharistic life. Our main source is his book, With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life. • • • Today, we consider two […]