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Behind Locked Doors

John 20:19-29 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’ But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when

The Endless Process of Resurrection

He is risen! Today we celebrate the central claim of the Christian church—Exhibit 1 as to why people should consider embracing the Christian faith. For many of us who grew up in the church we have heard this claim since childhood. There is a comfort in this familiarity but it can also be a problem because we easily take what is familiar for granted. We have heard the claim so often we stop being surprised by it…we stop asking questions about it. And when we stop being surprised and challenged and curious, the resurrection can become something we engage only at a surface level leaving little impact on the day to day of our lives. So this morning I want to offer some thoughts that I hope

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