Easter Sunday 2017: “If the Tomb is Empty,” John 20: 1-18, Colossians 3: 1-14

One day, at the beginning of class in my introduction to Christian Doctrine course I had to take in college, the professor got up and gave us this hypothetical: if a report came out that archaeologists had found the tomb of Jesus and that in the tomb was a body and they were confident that that body was the body of Jesus, how would that impact your faith.  If Jesus’ body was still in the tomb would you still be a Christian.  Now to understand what happened next you have to understand the dynamic of an upper-level college religion course: in the average class you have people who consider themselves super conservative theologically and then there are the people who fancy themselves super liberal theologically and then there are the rest of us who are trying not to get hit as the two throw stuff at each other.  Continue reading “Easter Sunday 2017: “If the Tomb is Empty,” John 20: 1-18, Colossians 3: 1-14″

Palm Sunday, “The Surprise Guest,” Matthew 21: 1-11

When I was 14 TLC’s (The Learning Channel, not the folk chasing waterfalls) Town Haul, h-a-u-l, came to Laurens South Carolina.  It was at the peak of Trading Spaces’ popularity on TLC and they tried to capitalize on that momentum by bringing all the Trading Spaces designers together to renovate, not just a house, but an entire town.  Laurens was the second town they did, and let the record show that of the three seasons that aired our ratings were the best.  Continue reading “Palm Sunday, “The Surprise Guest,” Matthew 21: 1-11″

“Easter Before and After: Liven Up,” Ezekiel 37: 1-14, Romans 8: 6-11

I learned a new word this week.  Ready for it?  Nullity.  It is a noun, and once I learned the definition I felt like I should have been able to figure it out on my own.  Anyone want to take a guess on what it means or words its related to?  Continue reading ““Easter Before and After: Liven Up,” Ezekiel 37: 1-14, Romans 8: 6-11″

March 26, 2017: “Wait For It,” Isaiah 7: 2-16, Hebrews 10: 4-10

Picture as the opening scrawl in a Star Wars movie or the opening scene in an epic war film

Judah was in trouble.  During a moment of relative weakness in the Assyrian Empire the kings of Aram (modern day Syria) and Israel decided the time was right to join forces and rebel.  They wanted Ahaz, the king of Judah to join with them.  When he refused, they went to war against Judah, determined to remove Ahaz from power and get someone in his place who would join them against the Assyrians.  Real Game of Thrones stuff.  Continue reading “March 26, 2017: “Wait For It,” Isaiah 7: 2-16, Hebrews 10: 4-10″

March 19, 2017: “Easter Before and After: Free Samples,” Exodus 17: 1-7 and Romans 5: 1-11

The wilderness had not been kind to the Israelites.  That’s probably an understatement or an over simplification, but things were not going well.  I won’t make you sit through the entire backstory since if you were with us Wednesday nights during January and February you’ve heard most of it already, but if you’re curious feel free to go to here, you’ll find all the information you could want there.  Had to get my plug in.  Continue reading “March 19, 2017: “Easter Before and After: Free Samples,” Exodus 17: 1-7 and Romans 5: 1-11″

March 12, 2017 – “Easter Before and After: Take a Step,” Genesis 12: 1-4, Romans 4: 1-5, 13-17

You know those days where things just don’t go plan?  Last Saturday was the first time in weeks, probably since the big snow storm, that Meghan and I didn’t have anywhere we needed to be that day.  We weren’t going anywhere, we weren’t meeting anybody, the day was completely wide open.  I had big plans.  The DVR was getting full, we were gonna blow through that, once that was done we had some Netflix binge watching to catch up on, it was going to be the perfect wasted day.  Nothing of merit was going to be accomplished, we weren’t going to get the recommended amount of Vitamin D from the sun; my goal was for there to be an imprint when I left the couch, that was the plan.  Then Meghan got a phone call from her uncle. Continue reading “March 12, 2017 – “Easter Before and After: Take a Step,” Genesis 12: 1-4, Romans 4: 1-5, 13-17″