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  • Easter 3B (2021)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Sermon Starters (Easter 3B)(2021)

    by Scott Hoezee
    I read a semi-snarky comment once that when you talk to God, it is called prayer but when God talks to you, it is called schizophrenia. In addition to the fact that we should never use a psychiatric condition in a cheeky way, the impulse behind this bit of snark is also wrong theologically. In Psalm 4 the psalmist prays and somehow God answers. Did the psalmist literally hear a voice? Probably not. But when we pray and meditate on God’s Word, we do properly expect that God will speak to us, reveal Godself to us, whisper by the indwelling Holy Spirit things we need to know and to apply from the Bible. So yes, it would be really unusual if during a time of prayer or meditation Jesus appeared to us or we heard an audible voice. But it is not at all unusual to hear God speaking “in accents loud and clear” as the old hymn once put it.
  • Easter 3B (2021)

    by Alicia McClintic
  • Sleeping

    Art and Faith by Lynn Miller
    Depending on which internet source you trust(!), it was the Romans or the Egyptians who settled midnight as the beginning of a new day. The pivot point was noon - the time of day when the sun was at its highest point, and there was no shadow on the sundial. That is the meridian. Opposite noon is midnight, which was the dividing point between ante-meridian (before the meridian, or a.m.) and post-meridian (after the meridian, or p.m.). The Romans may have taken their idea from the Greeks who got it from the Babylonians and so on. But in our story of Creation, a new day begins when the sun disappears. We are charged to begin a new day with a meal and then with rest.
  • Easter 3B

    by Howard Wallace et al
  • Easter 3B (2021)

    from Working Preacher

Resources from 2018 to 2020

  • Easter 3B (2018)

    by Phil Heinze
  • In My Heart, A Melody

    from Art and Theology by Victoria Emily Jones
  • Easter 3B (2018)

    by Nancy Koester
  • Sermon Starters (Easter 3B)(2018)

    by Stan Mast
    Walter Brueggemann offers an example of the most common answer given to the question of verse 6, “Who can show us any good?” He says that the dominant script/story in the U.S. is “therapeutic, technological, consumerist militarism.” By “therapeutic” he means “the assumption that there is a product or a treatment to counteract every ache and pain and discomfort and trouble, so that life may be lived without any inconvenience.” By “technological” he means “the assumption that everything can be fixed and made right according to human ingenuity.” The script is “consumerist” because “we live in a culture that believes that the whole world and all of its resources are available to us without regard to the neighbor.” And by “militarism” he is referring to “the myth of U.S. exceptionalism” that “serves to protect and maintain a monopoly than can deliver and guarantee all that is needed for the therapeutic, technological, consumerist society.” In other words, as people ask, “Who can show us any good?” they look everywhere, except to the God can “meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
  • Easter 3B (2018)

    by Alicia McClintic

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