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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 Rev. Sarah Condon (TEC)

The Rev. Sarah Condon says that, like these disciples on the road to Emmaus, we all want to avoid the suffering and death part of Jesus' story. Among other reasons, by admitting that part of the story we also have to admit that we need God’s forgiveness and grace--our low meets his high.
The Rev. Dr. Emily C. Heath Transcript

June 05, 2016

Resurrection Phobia

The Rev. Emily Heath (UCC)

When Jesus healed the dead man in Luke 7, the Rev. Emily Heath says that Luke noted "fear seized them all." The people had never seen anything like this. And in the same way even today there is a phobia about resurrection. We Christians live our faith knowing of the resurrection--new life is possible, we believe--but we often don't believe it when we see it.
The Rev. Dr. Stephen R. Montgomery Transcript

April 19, 2015

It's Touching Time

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Montgomery (PCUSA)

In the account of the encounter in the upper room, Luke answers the questions, where do we go to find the sacred center, where we can find God? Dr. Steve Montgomery says Luke makes it clear that the physical, earthly, flesh and blood world is real and valuable enough for God to inhabit the person of Jesus of Nazareth and the person of the Risen Lord.
The Rev. Marek Zabriskie Transcript

April 20, 2014

God Reached Out

The Rev. Marek Zabriskie (TEC)

Easter faith is about reaching out. No small acts of service will solve the unspeakable problems that besiege our world. But that’s not how Christians view it. Every dollar, every kind word, every deed and act of Christian love is part of the great cosmic drama inspired by God’s reaching out to us when Jesus rose from the grave.
The Rev. Dr. William L. Self Transcript

March 31, 2013

While It Was Still Dark

The Rev. Dr. William L. Self (CBF)

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The Rev. William Carter (PCUSA)

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The Rev. Dr. Mike Graves Transcript

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The Rev. Dr. Mike Graves (CC(DC))

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October 02, 2011

How Do We Get to Holy?

The Rev. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker (PCUSA)

In light of Paul's teaching in Philippians, the Rev. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker explores the question, how do we get to holy? And discovers we may already be there.