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SERMON from 6-30-13: “The Nons, the Nones and the Buts”

On Luke 9.51-61, here is my sermon from June 30th.

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SERMON from 5-5-13: “Those Who Love Me…” (VIDEO)

This is my first attempt to record and share a sermon on YouTube. It will not be the last.

I appreciate your patience as I tweak the sermon podcast to make it more visually and audibly appealing.

 

SERMON from Easter Sunday 2013: Last Words From The Road to Emmaus

Luke 24.13-23 (CEB) On that same day, two disciples were traveling to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking to each other about everything that had happened. While they were discussing these things, Jesus himself arrived and joined them on their journey. They were prevented from recognizing him. He said

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Relic Makes Obligatory Appearance Just Shy Of #ResurrectionSunday

A few years ago, news broke that archeologists had found the childhood home of Jesus Christ. More specifically, they found a house that is probably representative of the type of house in which Jesus probably spent most of his formative years.

The story broke just before Christmas. The link I provided is from a different story than I read back in 2009.

The most important part of this story was a quote about the significance of the find. Essentially, the interviewee decided that the find might go far to prove the existence of Jesus – and increase the faith of the world.

Since, I have noticed that before the major Christian holidays of Easter & Christmas, media outlets find it goes far for them to feature a story about Jesus and his life – and it's better if it is something you can touch or see.

Enter this story from The Huffington Post.

In 1988, carbon-14 dating placed the age of the famous – or infamous – relic, The Shroud of Turin somewhere in the Middle Ages. Hence, the major implication from that news was that the shroud was believed to be a fake.

The Shroud of Turin is a relic believed to be the burial cloth used when Jesus was laid in the tomb. It's claim to fame is that it bears an image of a person. It is believed that this image is Jesus, having been emblazoned upon the cloth when Christ was resurrected.

This Huffington Post story claims that new data suggests the shroud is more accurately dated to around the time of Jesus' life – and, therefore, more likely to be real.

No mention of the desires of those involved for this discovery to increase the faith of Christians or the relevance of Christianity.

That's all the same to me. I don't need scientific verification of the validity of some old relic to increase or undergird my faith.

That's why it's called “faith.”

 

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SERMON FODDER: Why do we call it “Easter?”

 

I haven't done one of these in a while. This NFTPO feature is when I share a theological thought or sermon preview that's been rolling around my noggin. I got the information for this from here.

Here's a preview of my sermon for Sunday:

Why is it called “Easter,” anyway?

Anyone know?

Well, as far as I could tell, it has to do with a German goddess. Specifically, it has to do with the Teutonic goddess of fertility and spring. Her name was “Eostra.” It is from her name that we get the name for the female hormone, “estrogen.” Well, once Constantine and the church decided to run roughshod over the indigenous people and religions of Europe, they found out about the spring goddess and assimilated the tradition into the Christian celebration of the Resurrection.

Easter eggs are actually given to us from Eostra. Since she is the goddess of fertility, the eggs came to us from her as a sign of fertility. What they still have to do with the Christian celebration of the Resurrection is beyond me?

Also beyond me, is why Cadbury Creme Eggs have to be so darned sweet. Seriously, I feel as if I'm going into a diabetic coma each time a bite into one. It hasn't stopped me from biting into them, but still…

 

See you on Sunday!

 

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Video From The Pastor’s Office #18 – “Guns & The Christian”

The news today is that many gun control proposals are on their way to the garbage heap of history. I talk about that and the Christian's response to the issue of guns, in this episode.

 

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Video From The Pastor’s Office #15 – “Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Bad Theologian”

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made some interesting predictions in the wake of President Hugo Chavez's death this past week.

 

SERMON from 2-24-13: “Last Words From The Cross: Behold Your Son”

This is the second of a seven-part series for the Lenten and Easter season. I got the idea from my father-in-law, who serves as Senior Pastor at Mesa First United Methodist Church, downtown Mesa, Arizona. John 19.25-27 25Jesus' mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene stood near the cross.

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SERMON from 2-17-13: “Last Words From The Cross: ‘Father, Forgive Them…'”

This is the first of a seven-part series for the Lenten and Easter season. I got the idea from my father-in-law, who serves as Senior Pastor at Mesa First United Methodist Church, downtown Mesa, Arizona. Luke 23.32-34 (CEB) 32They also led two other criminals to be executed with Jesus. 33When they arrived at the place

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SERMON from 1-20-13: “Dealing With Disappointment”

This is the 3rd installment of a 4-part series. Check my archives for the previous sermons. Mark 4.35-41 (CEB) 35Later that day, when evening came, Jesus said to them, “Let's cross over to the other side of the lake.” 36They left the crowd and took him in the boat just as he was. Other boats

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