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Easter Sunday - April 4, 2021

John 20:2-18Last week, I mentioned that John had sort of a sparse account of the Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem. Well, that’s not been true of the rest of the Holy Week accounts. Indeed, he has the most detailed stories from the last supper in the Upper Room and then this magnificent account of the morning of the third day. We’re just reading John today. I know many of us to have bits and pieces from the other gospels in our memories too, but today, we’re just listening to John.

I’ve heard and studied these stories countless times. I sort of take the particulars for granted, but this week, I slowed down to hear John’s version—just John’s and it struck me from the very beginning. “While it was still dark, Mary Magdalene, went to the tomb.” That’s all it says—

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Palm Sunday - March 28, 2021

John 12: 12-16Often on Palm Sunday, we use the story from the Gospel of Mark. It’s meaty and full of details. When we read that story, we see the pomp and circumstance. It’s easy to imagine the parade. We first see the disciples go to town and take a donkey and when asked, surprisingly, they just get to take it. Then we see Jesus riding in from the mount of olives on this young colt and hear about the people surrounding him. It’s a big deal. He’s a big deal. Palm branches. Cloaks are

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Lent Week 5 - March 21, 2021

Matthew 7I’m not sure if it’s an age and stage thing, or a permanent condition, but it’s not uncommon in our house to hear, “I know, Mom!” I might be reminding my child of a chore that’s not been completed for 3 days running, or homework that’s been required for a week, or dogs that are dancing around so someone will feed them. It might be a very gentle nudge or reminder and still, I hear, “I know, Mom!”

I promise I’m not trying to rag on my kid, but rather I’m trying to highlight an attitude I think is relevant to today’s passage. And I imagine most of us have had this kind of interaction with a child or a student. We get it. If we’re honest, we can likely remember dishing out our own level of

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Lent week 4 - March 14, 2021

Matthew 6:16-34As I read through this passage, I became increasingly aware that there is SO MUCH MEAT in the sermon on the mount! Amy Jill Levine breaks it up into 6 chapters and she points to common themes, but there are riches in each little bit…enough that we could do a deep dive and spend a couple of months studying just the sermon on the mount! We won’t be doing that, but maybe hear that as an invitation to spend some Bible study time on your own reading and examining the smaller verses.

Like the others, today’s section has a lot to it. And so I tried to look for the core message. What was Jesus really driving at? What did he want

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Lent Week 3 - March 7, 2021

Matthew 6Beware of your ego. That’s the caution I hear in these verses. Jesus is also talking about piety—fasting, praying, giving. But the key message surrounding all of them is “check your motives” and “check your ego.” Stay in your lane. Do what is faithful for who you are and don’t worry about who is seeing you or what they are doing.

You see Jesus is saying all of the acts of piety (or means of grace as Methodists would call them) are important. He doesn’t actually raise any questions about any of them but rather encourages his disciples to question their motives. Are they acting out of faithfulness? Or are they

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