September 18, 2018

Listening for God’s Word

Journey into New Life, part three Listening for God’s Word (Luke 24) Our Gospel text for this Easter season is Luke 24:13-35, the story of the risen Lord’s encounter with his disciples on the road to Emmaus. In this passage Luke tells us what it means to walk with the living Lord Jesus Christ. It […]

Christ and the Powers

Fridays in Ephesus (2) Christ and the Powers During Eastertide on Fridays, we are reflecting on insights from Timothy Gombis’s recent book, The Drama of Ephesians: Participating in the Triumph of God. • • • All is not as it appears. We who live in the wake of quantum physics have learned that there are […]

Sad of Heart

Journey into New Life, part two Sad of Heart (Luke 24) Our Gospel text for this Easter season is Luke 24:13-35, the story of the risen Lord’s encounter with his disciples on the road to Emmaus. This passage sets forth a Lukan paradigm of what it means to walk with the living Lord Jesus Christ. […]

Exuberant Easter!

Easter Oratorio, BWV 249 J.S. Bach The soundtrack in my mind during the Easter season is all Bach, timpani and trumpets, and bright celebration. These days I have been listening to a shimmering 2011 recording of the JS Bach Easter and Ascension Oratorios by the Retrospect Ensemble. Easter Oratorio is one of five works by […]

Fridays in Ephesus (1)

Fridays in Ephesus (1) The Drama of Ephesians During Eastertide on Fridays, we are reflecting on insights from Timothy Gombis’s recent book, The Drama of Ephesians: Participating in the Triumph of God. • • • “Ephesians, then, is a drama, portraying the victory of God in Christ over the dark powers that rule this present […]

Journey into New Life (1)

It is Eastertide, the Great Fifty Days during which we celebrate the victory of the risen Christ, remember his appearances, prepare for his Ascension, and prayerfully wait for the power of the Spirit to come at Pentecost. I have long thought that this was an especially good time for the Church to gather together in […]

Easter — Resurrection Sunday 2012

John 20:1-18 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have […]

The Sad Views of Stephen Hawking

By Chaplain Mike In an exclusive interview with The Guardian, cosmologist Stephen Hawking was as blunt and clear as he could be about his views on life beyond this life. “I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; […]

Easter III

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: Luke 24:13-35 road taken friend welcomed hearts broken grief spoken word opened then home guest summoned meal proffered grace offered bread broken eyes opened christ known

Easter People (3)

By Chaplain Mike Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and take word to My brethren…” (Matthew 28:10) Thus far in our series on the “newness of life” that is ours in Christ we have discussed: Our new baptismal identity in Christ. We have died and our life is hidden with Christ […]