Summer Sermon Series: Communion–The Backstory

Exodus 12:21-28   Passover Roots: This summer we will spend five weeks together exploring the roots of our communion practices. Where did they originate? How has the Lord’s Supper been celebrated over the years? How is it celebrated today in various cultures around the world? And what difference does sharing this meal make in our lives today?
We begin this morning with our Passover roots. Continue reading “Summer Sermon Series: Communion–The Backstory”

The Wildness of God (Easter Sunday)

Luke 24:1-12:  Have you ever stopped to really consider how wild God is? Raising the dead. Unheard of. Turning a funeral ritual into an evangelistic crusade. Out of this world. Using the mouths of women to proclaim God’s good news. Of all things. God seems to be taking a walk on the wild side here, a side so wild that the closest ones to Jesus have a hard time grabbing ahold of this new reality. They had heard the prediction about dying and rising straight from Jesus’ mouth, not once, but multiple times. But they never were able to internalize it, accept it, believe it could be true. Maybe they thought Jesus was just full of theological mumbo jumbo that went over their heads. Maybe they never could get past the idea that he would be taken from them and killed, so that blocked them from really hearing anything wild about what would come next. His predictions of the awful and the wonderful events to come went only as far as their eardrums– no penetration into the head and the heart. We all fall into a similar trap—we hear what we want to hear, and we block out what we can’t handle, especially in an emotionally charged conversation. Some things are just too wild for us to appropriate. Continue reading “The Wildness of God (Easter Sunday)”