The Opposite of a Black Hole (Easter Vigil Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached at the Great Vigil of Easter this morning. The gospel text was John 20:1-18. Rabbouni. That was the word Mary said to Jesus once she knew it was really him. Once Mary believed that Jesus had risen from the dead, she spoke one word, Rabbouni. … Continue reading The Opposite of a Black Hole (Easter Vigil Sermon)

Wait, and See What God Will Do

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached Holy Saturday, March 31, 2018. The readings that were read were Ezekiel 37:1-14; Zephaniah 3:14-20; and Isaiah 61:1-4, 9-11. This service included the Rite of Healing. And so we gather today on the Sabbath. The seventh day of the week. Genesis tells us that after … Continue reading Wait, and See What God Will Do

Breathe the Resurrection (Vigil of Easter)

I preached four times this weekend, during the "Great Three Days" worship service that lasts from Thursday evening through Sunday morning. In current Evangelical┬áLutheran liturgical understanding, this is one long service that begins with Maundy Thursday and ends with the Vigil of Easter. Click here for Maundy Thursday. Click here for Good Friday. Click here … Continue reading Breathe the Resurrection (Vigil of Easter)