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How do we reconcile the hope of the resurrection with the reminder of death surrounding us? It’s one of the most difficult aspects of leading and guiding God’s people. Yet, Eastertide reminds us death can be overcome. […] Read More

I believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ for many reasons, including witnessing the colorful beauty and splendor at a Pride parade and listening to stories of coming out, of opening the door and emerging into a new life. […] Read More

If Easter is not just an event to be observed and celebrated, but a mystery to participate in and live into, what does this mean in concrete terms for our personal and corporate lives? […] Read More

During Holy Week, let’s come together as a Christian community and practice resurrection. As both Parisians and black Baptists continue to mourn the loss of their precious symbols, let us join with them to help rebuild. […] Read More

Easter is a highly significant celebration in the life of the church and is often presented as the central affirmation of the Christian faith. Do we do it a disservice by thinking of it as a holiday or even a historical event? […] Read More

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