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April 28, 2014, 4:48 PM

Musing on Easter lections

Many of our readings in this first part of the Easter season highlight how truly seeing something can lead to inner conviction, followed by profound change in our lives.  This past Sunday, this was the case in the classic account of the apostle Thomas' encounter with the risen Lord.  This coming Sunday, the same theme applies.  In the reading from Acts, Peter intends for his fellow Israelites to see, as he has, the truth of the gospel:  " . . . let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him [Jesus] both Lord and Messiah . . . ." (2:36)  According to Luke (the author of Acts), his audience's eyes were opened.  They were "cut to the heart" by Peter's message.  When they asked Peter what they should do, he said they should repent, be baptized, and receive the Holy Spirit.  Once again, as with Thomas, profound change came from seeing the truth and being inwardly convinced.

This coming Sunday's gospel also seems to bear out this theme.  Disciples walking toward Emmaus on Easter afternoon at first do not recognize the risen Christ when he joins them.  It was only after Jesus had opened up the scriptures to them and had blessed and broken bread with them that "their eyes were opened" and they saw the truth.  Looking back on the day, they reflected that their hearts had indeed burned within them "while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us."  Inner conviction came with the breaking of the bread (they "saw").  Then they knew joy beyond anything they had experienced before and their lives were forever changed.

Perhaps on Sunday I'll preach about how God lures us, one way or another, into seeing the truth and allowing our lives to be turned around, based on that truth.

 




April 18, 2014, 3:37 PM

Easter Message From Bishop Benfield


Bishop Benfield  grabs our attention with this:

     "Ongoing Easter" - A Message from Bishop Benfield

     "Easter is not an historical event. Does that comment shock you? Have I gotten your attention? I hope so...."

Read his message here: http://episcopalarkansas.org/ongoing-easter/

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April 2, 2014, 12:03 PM

Wednesday Night Study Group


We are having a great time in the Wednesday night group. Tonight will be our fourth meeting, and I think most will agree that the video presentations have been very interesting, and our discussions following the video have been thoughtful, engaged, and occasionally emotional.

If you missed the first three meetings, let me explain why tonight would be a good time to jump on board. Meeting #1 was a broad overview of the course, which runs twenty-four lectures total. Meetings #2 and 3 dealt with the making of the hebrew scriptures which we call the Old Testament. Tonight we will jump into "The Birth of the Christian Bible", which goes fast and covers a lot of ground in thirty minutes. Our discussion always starts with the video which we have just watched together, so everyone starts out on an equal footing.

There is never any homework or assigned reading, and no one will ever be called on or put on the spot for an answer. We do frequently have suggested material for "going further", so you can get as much out of this course as you put into it. We gather after Holy Eucharist on Wednesday, and start the presentation promptly at 6:30. We have coffee, but please bring your own sandwich,  snack and/or soft drink. We should finish by 7:45.

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April 1, 2014, 4:25 PM

Lazarus


I don't yet know how, in my Sunday sermon, I will approach the gospel text about the raising of Lazarus (John 11: 1-45).  However, there may be food for thought in Jacob Epstein's sculptural representation of Lazarus, bound with strips of cloth, after Jesus called him out of the tomb.  I saw this in 1979 in the chapel of New College, Oxford, when my college choir was touring England.  Obviously, it left a lasting impression on me.




March 26, 2014, 8:17 PM

My friend in Haiti


Through Facebook, I have recently re-connected with a friend from college days, Dawn Adkins.  I'm proud of her for her work in Leogane, Haiti, for the Children's Nutrition Program of Haiti, a non-profit organization based in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Dawn keeps computerized records for the clinic in Leogane.  There are 12 other clinics in the nearby mountains.  They give starving children "Plumpy Nut," a food for the severely malnourished, along with counseling and follow-up appointments.  You can get more information, including information about donating to this great cause, at http://www.cnphaiti.org .

Russ Snapp+


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