I was reading the other day about a young man. His name is Caleb Ferguson, and last year he was skateboarding back from a class at Florida State. But Caleb fell very hard backward and hit his head so hard that by the time he was taken to the hospital, he was in a coma. Caleb’s mom, who got the call from the hospital, recalled this in a news story. She said: “They made it sound like you need to make it here before he dies.” Caleb had suffered horrible brain damage. The doctors
I have a dog. She’s an old dog — heading toward 15 years old — and she lives with us at the parsonage. Sadie — that’s her name — is a good girl. Very well trained, and a gentle dog. But she was a rescue dog, and when she was a puppy no bigger than my shoe, she and her brothers and sisters were found in a plastic grocery sack at the airport out on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, where I used to live. And being a dog that suffered trauma, well, for the longest time, Sadie d
In the life of the early church, Easter Sunday was celebrated much the same way we celebrate it today. We shout “He is risen!” We worship with uplifting hymns. We decorate the altar with flowers. And instead of the cross being a symbol of death, it becomes a symbol of hope and of New Life. We emerge from the darkness of Good Friday, as if emerging from death. And we find on Sunday morning light and a promise of a New Life fulfilled! That journey from darkness into light, from
In the Apostles Creed, which we will pray a bit later today, we say these words: “I believe in the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.” What does that mean to you? I bet that if I asked five different people, I would get five different answers. So think about it for a minute — what does it mean that you are believing into the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting? It’s what Jesus asks in the reading , John 11.1-45. We might answer this way: * I b
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