Stranger Among Us

Read Luke 24:13-35. The two travelers in our text were walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus in the broad daylight of Sunday, yet they were still walking in the shadows of Friday.  They were tangled up in disappointment, grief,… Read More

Easter Feet

“But, go, tell his disciples, and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” (Mark 16:7) A few weeks ago my friend Jennifer posted on Facebook… Read More

Resurrection Hope

Read John 20:1-18. Easter will forever be a deeply personal day for me. Thirteen years ago on Easter Sunday, I was congregated in the choir loft of the small United Methodist Church I grew up in. I had… Read More

It’s Friday, but . . .

Good Friday

It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (1974)

The 12th animated television special, It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown, first aired on April 9, 1974 on CBS.  In this special, Charlie Brown and the gang are preparing for Easter. Peppermint Patty is teaching Marcie how to… Read More

E. T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)

It was the summer of 1982. It was the summer of Speilberg’s E.T. I would have been three. My mother took me to see E. T., though she remembers my brother being with us, which means that it… Read More

On Shaving

Last month I participated in No-Shave November in memory of my father who passed from prostate cancer. I wrote about it in my post, Why I Am Not Shaving. There was a small thought floating in my head… Read More


The Christian season of Lent is a forty-day period, excluding Sundays, in which Christ followers join Jesus on his forty-day fast, spiritually walking in his footsteps.  Lent is a season of repentance and spiritual self-examination.  It is a… Read More

Prayer for Easter

Gracious and loving God, who took the horror of what we did to your Child and turned it into new life: hear our prayer this morning. We have chosen the world’s cares over your Child’s easy yoke. We… Read More

Jesus Said: To Die For

“You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom. “Not only that – count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies… Read More


Joe Pennel on Easter: The hope of Easter is directed toward God who is able to bring life from death.  At the resurrection, the community comes to life again, the scattered are reassembled, the disillustioned become full of… Read More


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