Tag Archives: Easter

  1. Jesus calls you by your name (John 20.1-18) [Easter sermon 2018]

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    March 30, 2018 by jmar198013

    For my Easter sermon this year, I’m focusing less on the resurrection event itself; and more on Jesus’ post-resurrection interaction with his disciple Mary. She only recognizes it’s him when he calls her by name. Earlier in John, Jesus said he was the Good Shepherd who calls his sheep by name, and they know his voice (John 10.3-4). And so Mary’s experience with the risen Jesus becomes a paradigm for future generations of disciples–like you and me.

  2. A new chapter (Luke 24.1-12) [Easter sermon 2017]

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    April 15, 2017 by jmar198013

    Easter isn’t a happy ending, but a new beginning, full of hope and promise. And it’s not just a new beginning for Jesus, or his apostles, or the early church. It’s a new beginning for all humanity and all creation and all of us are living in this new beginning now.

  3. Forgiven people forgiving people (John 20.19-31) [Sermon 04-03-2016, Easter 2c]


    March 31, 2016 by jmar198013

    John 20.19-31 takes place over a period of 8 days, beginning Easter night. As the story begins, the disciples are holed up in a hideout somewhere. When the story draws to its climax, 8 days later, they’re still there.

    As the story unfolds, all sorts of interesting questions emerge: Why are they locked in a house? Who are they really afraid of? Why didn’t they go look for Jesus after Mary told them he was risen? Why wasn’t Thomas with them? And why were they still locked up in the house more than a week later?

    This sermon addresses all those questions, and more. And from those questions and answers emerges a snapshot of who Jesus calls his church to be: A forgiven people, forgiving people.



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