April 20, 2014
John 20:1-18
1 Corinthians 15:19-26
Acts 10:34-43

A world turned upside down
Maundy Thursday

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Wayne Brouwer
In 17th-century England, under the leadership of Oliver Cromwell and his righteous Puritanism, Parliament passed laws ensuring that Christmas would be observed as a solemn occasion. Not all in the country agreed, particularly since Christmas had been one of the great festivals of social silliness where class distinctions were put aside for a few hours. Responding to the uptight rigor of governmentally imposed holiday restrictions, a new protest song swept through neighborhoods and quickly became the song of the day....

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The one from whom men hide their face
Good Friday

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David Kalas
Set Christmas and Good Friday side by side in your mind. Consider them both theologically and culturally. Consider them both in their biblical contexts and in our contemporary context.
      On the one hand, we recognize that the two events look a lot alike. Both the incarnation and the crucifixion bear witness to the condescension of God's love. Neither the manger nor the cross is what the Son of God deserves....

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An open, empty tomb
Easter


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Sandra Herrmann
Many years ago, this pastor was invited to Easter dinner in the home of a parishioner. While we were standing around, waiting for the food to be spread out for us, the master of the house asked, "What is your definition of a Christian?"
      "A Christian is a person who believes that Jesus rose from the dead." A simple answer. It seemed obvious enough, given that it was Easter Sunday. But the man looked appalled....

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