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I read about a woman in New York City who was interviewed as she departed church one Sunday. A reporter asked, “What is Easter?” The woman said, “Easter is when we throw off the robes of winter.” A critic of Christianity said, “Easter is a spring ritual celebrating the ancient myths of the Mediterranean mind.” […] Read More

The cross of Jesus is not an isolated transaction that changes the divine relationship to humanity. Rather, as I noted yesterday, it seems to be a disclosure of the pattern of God’s relationship to the human family all along. Continuing the reflection on the pattern of the testimony, which is the covenant community’s expression of […] Read More

The final scene in Luke’s Gospel is the blessing and departure of Jesus.  The ascension, celebrated this year on Sunday, June 1, concludes his earthly ministry. His disciples seem ready to proclaim the astounding news of his resurrection, having confirmed that he was really the one they had known prior to his death. The Mount […] Read More

The Joy of Easter

A sermon by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va. April 27, 2014. 1 Peter 1:3-9 What an Easter service we enjoyed last Sunday!  We baptized three, the handbells played, and the Sanctuary Choir sang three lovely anthems, from Christ the Lord is Risen Again to the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.  What joy […] Read More

Good Morning, Jesus!

A sermon by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va.  April 2-, 2014. John 20:1-18 “Good Morning!”  Have you ever had someone say that to you while you were still deep in sleep?  I remember as a boy when my mom would have to repeatedly call out my name and shake me from my […] Read More

A sermon by Bob Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. April 20, 2014 John 20:1-18 Do you think Mary went to bed that Saturday night? If she did, I am confident she slept little, if any. It is hard to rest when your heart is broken. It is obvious she was anxious to return […] Read More

Rising Sign of Hope

A sermon by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va. April 6, 2014. John 11:1-45 This episode from the Gospel of John has often been called “The Raising of Lazarus.”  And yet, it is interesting that in the forty-five verses it takes to tell this story, only two verses are devoted to the actual […] Read More

A sermon by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ar. April 6, 2014 Fifth Sunday in Lent Ezekiel 37:1-10; John 11:1-45 Our story begins in a hospital sick-room. There are IV’s everywhere, nurses hovering, concerned voices speaking earnestly. “If we don’t get to the bottom of this soon, he’s not going to […] Read More

Coming Attractions

A sermon by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. The Fifth Sunday of Lent John 11:1-45 April 6, 2014 Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:6-11 Two weeks ago today, I unknowingly stepped onto the movie set where Cowboys and Aliens was filmed about an hour north of Santa Fe. Ghost Ranch may […] Read More

ABC has been promoting its new drama “Resurrection” for months with the tag, “What if someone you lost … returned?” The premise of the series is that at least two people who had died in the small town of Arcadia, Mo., have returned to life and have come home to those they had left behind. […] Read More