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As it turns out, slime is a superb symbol for Easter.

Luke 24:13-35

 

Better than slime

What things get you excited on Easter Sunday? There are lots of options, of course – the empty tomb, springtime, allergies, Easter lilies, new clothes, Easter egg hunts, children’s excitement, getting the family together, ham for dinner. The oddest Easter enthusiasm I ran across this past week was the TV commercial from Michael’s I must have heard twenty times this past week: “Fill your children’s Easter basket with what they love, including everything they need to make their very own slime!” I was totally unaware that one of the things kids these days love about Easter is producing personalized putridity.

Let me tell you what got me excited today. Read more »

April 15th, 2017

As you might imagine, Easter is a busy weekend for a church and a pastor.  In addition to the services tomorrow, we also had a service Thursday night and I preached in the community Good Friday service.  I also have a wedding tonight, which meant a rehearsal last night.

I probably wouldn’t be leading this service today except that Joyce specifically wanted me and only me.  When she lay in the hospital the last couple of weeks, I was the only pastor she wanted to visit her.  We have a wonderful Associate Pastor named Lori who tried to help me out by visiting Joyce, and (I know this will surprise you) Joyce was a little blunt when Lori came in the room.  “May I come in?”  “No, I only want Pastor Bob.”  She told me later it was because she was feeling so badly and didn’t want to start over with someone new.

So Joyce, you got me then and you have me now on the day of your funeral.  That’s a little risky, you know, because I get the last word.  I get to be as candid as you and tell everyone exactly what I thought of you – in public!  And you can’t talk back. Read more »

Jesus’ crucifixion is the most surprising, memorable, and important fact about him.

Mark 15:33-41

 

Remembered by his death

About a decade ago, my wife Linda and I had the privilege of visiting Zurich, Switzerland. Our primary interest in that city was the life and work of Ulrich Zwingli, the sixteenth century father of the Swiss-German Reformed faith. The statue in Zurich that honors him depicts Zwingli with a sword in his hand because he died in a war against the Catholic provinces of Switzerland. A brilliant intellectual with bold ideas and decisive action is remembered by the way he died. Read more »

“Faith is not something that makes you safe.”  (Dr. Kent Brantly, Samaritan’s Purse)

John 15:18-25

 

Facing Darkness

Facing Darkness is the remarkable story of a Christian response to the 2014 Ebola crisis in Liberia by Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, and SIM, a global missions agency that started its work in the Sudan and still concentrates its work in Africa. One young SP physician named Kent Brantly, a dad with two young children, and one career SIM missionary, Nancy Writebol, both contracted Ebola while treating those suffering from the highly contagious and deadly disease.

If you missed the film, I highly recommend it to you. Kevin Chalupka, a Corinth member who serves with Samaritan’s Purse as Human Resources Director, told me that there will be an additional showing April 10. Click here for more about the encore.

There’s a Corinth connection to this story you might not know about. Read more »

Judas is a pawn of the priests, but Satan is a pawn of God.

Matthew 26:14-16; John 13:18-30; Psalm 41:4-10

 

The man who will live in infamy

Since I am prone to correct others’ grammar or word usage from time to time, it’s only fair (and actually appreciated) when others correct mine. I can remember three specific examples at Corinth. The late Cacky Fuller informed me early in my ministry here that “irregardless” is not a word. Austin Allran taught me the difference between a participle and a gerund. Unfortunately, I don’t remember what I said or who corrected me when I used the word “infamous” as a synonym for “famous.” I probably said something dumb along the lines of “the infamous Abraham Lincoln.”  Read more »