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The Veil Resown Sermon

The Veil Resown Sermon

Good Friday Ideas, Sermons
Tonight I preached a new sermon about how we as Christians are "re-sewing the curtain" that was torn into at the time of Jesus' death. I also wrote a new story to go along with it. You can find the story (The Park) here. I have never actually placed the full text of a sermon up here. This is really just the notes that I used to preach from. I am sure there are some typos and such, but I imagine you can get the gist. Turn with me to Mark 15:37-38 In the middle of this huge crucifixion narrative with all of these things happening that fulfill the old testament prophesies about the messiah and such we get this one little verse, just a dozen or so words, that if you…
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Any Jewish Scholars Out There?

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So during the crucifixion narrative we see this verse about the veil in the temple being ripped from top to bottom. What I was wondering is who fixed it? Or at least who made another one and hung it back there? I am assuming that for the next couple of decades before the Romans finally trashed the temple they didn't just go without a veil.The reason I am asking because I think that is about as powerful of a metaphor as the veil being ripped apart. Think about this. God opened the way for everyone to have access to him, and then men put that veil back up again. "No thank you, God, we like our limited access if you don't mind." I am working on a sermon for Sunday…
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Every Minute of the Day

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The part of my job that I have the most problem with is remembering that I am a pastor pretty much every minute of the day, and as such the way that I act has a direct effect on the way that people perceive Christianity. I am not saying that I can be perfect, and sometimes the way that you can show people God is through how you handle failure. But most of the time when I am outside of this house I am representing more than just me. I am representing my church and ultimately my Savior. Sometimes that gets a little stressful. From time to time I just have to get out of town so I don't have to constantly be looking at faces for people I know.…
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Catalyst: The Musical

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I have finally found the topic for my next set of youth lessons. After walking very deliberately through Ephesians I wanted to have a little fun so I came up with a short series based around Show tunes. I am calling it Catalyst: The Musical. Here are the songs and the lessons. Seasons of Love (Rent): Are we a community that is characterized by love?Masquerade (Phantom of the Opera): What are you hiding?Cooties (Hairspray) & Popular (Wicked): Are you willing to reach out to others?Light of the World (Godspell): Are you hiding your light? 
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Very High Work to People Ratio

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I am wiped. I am so sick of being in this church building (actually I am across the street in my office right now, but the rant works better if I go with building.) that I could cry. As my loyal readers know this was our "Walking in His Footsteps" weekend. I actually delegated (I know it is a shock to me too) the stations to 4 women so I didn't have much to do in the setup phase. My main job was to just make sure that each of the 12 stations flowed together properly. I also did some small tweaking to a couple of places, but these were just little things that I had learned from my past experience. But over the course of the weekend I was…
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