Podcast: Resurrection Revolution – Forgiveness

resrevpod2This week’s message is from 1 John 1:1-2:2 and is the message for the second week of Easter.  What if God’s forgiveness is a transforming power? The story I share in the message is from the book, “As We Forgive,” which is an amazing collection of stories about the struggle of healing and forgiveness in Rwanda.
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As We Forgive: Stories of Reconciliation from Rwanda

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Podcast: Resurrection Revolution

resrevpod2This is the sermon from Easter Sunday and it is from Mark 16:1-8. As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, it is appropriate to explore what the implications are of Christ’s victory over death.
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Podcast: Naked and Unashamed

CrossRevPod2This is the sermon for Palm/Passion Sunday and is a meditation upon the cross. This is a meditation I wrote a few years ago that I reworked just a bit. In this, my hope is that we can take time to reflect upon the meaning of the cross as we entered into Holy Week. The scripture I read before the message was from Isaiah 53:1-6.

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Baptism as Battle

exorcismIn preparation for Holy Week, and in preparation of the liturgy for Holy Saturday, or The Great Paschal Vigil as it was known centuries ago, I have been studying Holy Week celebrations and baptism ceremonies that have roots going back to the earliest centuries of the church. I find these fascinating, but I’m kind of a geek sometimes, so take that into account.
One of the things I had not realized up until now was the connection between exorcism and baptism. In the Fourth Century (and many centuries following), it was common practice to exorcise those who were to be baptized on Holy Saturday. It was seen as part of the spiritual preparation for what was coming. I realize that this notion may seem farfetched and almost theatrical to us, who have been more shaped by horror movies about exorcism than the church’s teaching on exorcism. When we allow our view on such things to be shaped by the horror movies of popular culture, it both sensationalizes what the church has historically done, as well as places it into the realm of fiction. So when we picture an exorcism it is quite possible that the first thing that comes to mind is a person convulsing, eyes rolling around in their sockets, and spewing something out of their mouths. And then we would quickly remind ourselves that these are the products of an imaginative film director armed with powerful, computer generated special effects. In other words, the whole thing is both obscene and unreal.

This was not, however, the belief of the majority of Christians who have lived in the centuries prior to ours.
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Podcast: The Cross Revolution – Counterintuitive Way to Live

CrossRevPodThis is the fifth Sunday of Lent and the message is from John 12:20-33.  Jesus shares this shocking teaching with his disciples: those who love their lives will lose it, and those who hate their lives in this world will keep it for eternal life.  What does this mean for us?
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