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The Rev. Canon John Thompson-Quartey

John Thompson-Quartey: On Being God's New Creation

John 20:1-18

Easter - Resurrection of the Lord - Year C

April 21, 2019

The Rev. Canon John Thompson-Quartey (TEC)


To John, our Gospel writer, the Good News of Jesus Christ begins not with a baby in a manger, but from the very beginning of creation. You can tell by the way John begins his gospel: "In the beginning was the word."

The first three words echo the creation story from the book of Genesis, and John was very intentional about starting with those words. John sees the birth, life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ taking its roots in the beginning of creation.

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The Rev. Dr. Christopher Girata

Chris Girata: Get Up and Live

John 20:1-18

Easter Day - Year B

April 01, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Girata (TEC)


Whenever I prepare an Easter sermon, I always think way too hard about what it is I'm going to say. And today was no different. As my mind went in many different directions, I began to wonder just how our minds work anyway. Our minds are so complex and mysterious. For many of us, Christianity, our faith, even the person of Jesus himself, is really a heady exercise. We think very hard about faith, and perhaps sometimes, our minds can get in the way. What we think we see in the world is only really what our brains allow us to perceive. Our brains are trained from an early age to make assumptions about the world, to perceive the world in particular ways, like shorthand that allows us to function at efficient and productive levels. When we encounter something new, something we don't understand, we often find ourselves a bit confused. And when an entirely new way of being is presented to us, it's difficult to understand that new world at all.

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The Very Rev. Samuel G. Candler (TEC)

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The Rev. Dr. Nancy Taylor (UCC)

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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.
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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.