Raleigh Mennonite Church John 14 “In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me.” What could it mean, they wondered? How can the world no longer see Jesus but we will? How can we see Jesus and others will not? There’s a lot of head-scratching in the New … Continue reading But you will see me
This story of the first martyr of the church holds a firm footing in the Christian imagination. There are hundreds of icons and paintings and frescos devoted the memory of Stephen. And while his memory looms large, how much do we know about Stephen, his life and his ministry before death? If we look back … Continue reading A little bread, a little mercy
Are you ever skeptical about happy endings? Do you ever watch movies where the lights dim on the heroine riding off into the sunset, her hair blowing in the wind, and you think, “give me a break”? Today we’re in chapter two of Acts. This is the church in the afterglow of Pentecost, when God … Continue reading What produces the greatest love?
Raleigh Mennonite Church Colossians 2:6-15 In the Bible Easter is called a triumph. We hear it in today’s reading from Colossians: “He disarmed the rulers and authorities and made a public example of them triumphing over them.” We hear it again in 2 Corinthians 2:14: “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads … Continue reading Holy Humor Sunday 2017
Matthew 28:1-10 She is there again, just as she had been at the cross. Mary the mother of James and Joseph, Mary the mother of Jesus. When all the men have fled, when the disaster of her child’s death by torture is sickeningly real, when all the promises about new life, a new world are … Continue reading He is not here. He is risen!
https://youtu.be/ruAi4VBoBSM The original flashmob, and one of the greatest music video of all time. I have a soft spot in my heart for flash mobs. I’m guessing you’ve seen these before, whether it’s the iconic Fatboy Slim music video or the Copenhagen Symphony erupting into Ravel on a Danish subway platform. There’s a crowd … Continue reading Palm Sunday 2017
John 11:1-16 For many of us, the challenge of Jesus, the challenge of the Incarnation is getting God into human life. But the opposite is true in the story of Lazarus. Here the challenge is getting human life into Jesus. Today we hear a story of Jesus learning what it means to be human, that … Continue reading “He whom you love is ill”