Sermons

Troubled Hearts

Lately, I find myself thinking about all the things I want to do before I die. And I don’t mean some comedic bucket list. I want to know if I will have enough time to do the things I still long to do – things I think I must do. Can I do all of them? Some of them? Will my time on earth leave any sort of mark behind, anything at all that says, “I was here”?

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Dashed Hopes to Burning Hearts

Jesus and the disciples stop on the road, and before they try to journey on, Jesus stands with them and asks them to name their loss. He does the thing most essential to moving beyond grief: before he talks, before he explains, before he invites, Jesus comes alongside and listens.

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Only the Beginning

Theologian Karl Barth once said that what brings people to worship – not just on Easter but on any Sunday – is an unspoken question: “Is it true?”

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Who is This?

Jesus’ triumphal entry into Israel’s most important city wasn’t a first-century version of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was a meant as a political statement to the leaders of the surrounding culture. Jesus rode into town as a returning king. Moreover, the crowds greeted him as such. The hosannas the people cried have both religious and political overtones. They greet him as the Lord’s Messiah and expect him to overthrow the Romans. And the Romans take note.

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Hope and Tombs and Dry Bones

At times, we all find ourselves in dark tombs of our own making. Tombs filled with dry bones, in the depths of despair, unable to move on. Hope is what happens to somebody else, and we certain there is no spring under those fake flowers – only more cold and dreadful winter. We are stuck on the road to Easter.

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