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The Very Rev. Samuel G. Candler

Sam Candler: The Tomb Is a Tunnel

John 20:1-18

Easter Day - Year A

April 16, 2017

The Very Rev. Samuel G. Candler (TEC)


Alleluia! Christ is risen!

The Lord is risen indeed!



Have any of you ever been in a tunnel?

Last year, I was trekking through several tunnels. I was with a group of fifteen hearty souls on a spiritual pilgrimage to Israel and Jerusalem. A special feature of that pilgrimage was tunnels. We walked in a lot of tunnels, tunnels that had served as water supplies, escape routes, and attack routes -- but also tunnels that were modern archeological digs.

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The Rev. Dr. Nancy S. Taylor

Divine Comedy

Luke 24:1-12

Easter - Year C

March 27, 2016

The Rev. Dr. Nancy Taylor (UCC)


Comedy (definition): a drama in which the central motif is the triumph over adversity, leading to a successful conclusion.

In the literary sense, Easter is comedy: Easter is a drama in which the central motif is the triumph over adversity, triumph over crucifixion, over humiliation and death, leading to a successful conclusion, leading to resurrection, leading to the death of death.

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Other Recent Content About Easter

The Very Rev. Dr. Christoph Keller III Transcript

April 05, 2015


The Rev. Dr. Christoph Keller, III (TEC)

In his sermon for Easter Day, Dr. Chris Keller helps us wrestle with two key questions concerning the faith: what is the resurrection, and why do I believe?
The Rev. Matthew Gaventa Transcript

April 07, 2013

Opening Day

The Rev. Matthew Gaventa (PCUSA)

In his sermon for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, Matthew Gaventa focuses on Peter's message in Acts 5:27-32, and shows us that Easter gives us a fresh perspective toward the wounds and grudges we hold on to, if we let it.
The Rev. Dr. Randall K. Bush Transcript

April 22, 2012

Serious Stories

The Rev. Dr. Randall Bush (PCUSA)

The Rev. Dr. Randy Bush focuses on the post-resurrection appearance of Jesus with the disciples in Luke 24, and shows us how the reality of Easter influences every aspect of our life even now.
The Rev. William Carter Transcript

April 08, 2012

Easter Dinner

The Rev. William Carter (PCUSA)

As we celebrate Easter, the Rev. Bill Carter takes us back to the glorious feast of Isaiah 25:6-9, when God swallows death--which is the astonishing claim of Easter itself.
The Rev. Pam Driesell Transcript

April 24, 2011

Beyond Bunnies and Jelly Beans

The Rev. Pam Driesell (PCUSA)

In her Easter message based on John 20, the Rev. Pam Driesell says, "Easter is not a promise that your business or family or the church or the world will be 'like it used to be,' or even that your pulse will go on beating forever. It is a promise that the power that gave you a pulse will never, ever abandon you."
The Rev. Susan Sparks Transcript

April 04, 2010

Resurrection Biscuits

The Rev. Susan Sparks (ABCUSA)

As we celebrate Easter, the Rev. Susan Sparks reminds us that life without the resurrection of Christ can be heavy and flat--it's the missing key ingredient many of us are missing.
The Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon Article

April 20, 2009

Bishop Will Willimon: A Faith Based on the Testimony of Women

The Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon (UMC)

Bishop Will Willimon offers insight on what Jesus told his disciples to do after his resurrection -- and what that means for our faith today.

The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston Transcript

April 12, 2009

Deadly Things

The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston (PCUSA)

The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston, senior pastor of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York, NY, presents an inspiring Easter message that explores the ramifications of Christ's resurrection in our lives.