Roll Away the Stone (Easter/Earth Day sermon 140420)

How many of you are fond of drinking coffee?

How many have heard of “Doomsday Preppers”?

How many of you have heard of the book, “Saving Paradise”?   The subtitle of Saving Paradise is “How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire.” In the book, co-authors Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Ann Parker write about their discovery that early Christians were focused on *this* world, rather than on securing a place ~read more~

Easter opening words

Transformation M.C. Escher

All stories are true—and some of them actually happened. The story that Jesus was resurrected, that he was seen walking around, and heard speaking, after the Romans had executed him, may not have actually happened, but it *is* a true reflection of our human desire for more life.

The story also reflects our true need for transformation in other ways. Many of us want to change our lives, to be *different* in the world. Many ~read more~

Easter equals “winning”?

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NorthRidge church thinks using Charlie Sheen’s “winning” phrase makes them relevant and hip; I think they are merely pouring old wine into new wineskins.

The nondenominational NorthRidge Church has several billboards that read “NorthRidge + Easter = ‘winning!’” One church member says, if the ad campaign “gets people’s attention and …draws them to Christ, then they worked,” according to a local news story.

The church’s Senior Pastor, Brad Powell, goes further. He blogged, “I think it’s absolutely ~read more~