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Easter: Good News for Fearful Folk

Easter Sunday, Year A, April 24, 2011
As leaders and teachers we have walked through Holy Week and experienced the depth of despair that gives way to Easter joy. We comprehend the radical nature of the resurrection. What about the people in the pews who have not journeyed through? How are we to provide a real sense of the pain and grief that gives way to fear and hope that explodes into joy and delight?

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8 Reasons Your Easter Visitors Might Not Return

Easter presents an opportunity for your church to grow by attracting and retaining visitors, who may become new members.  The most important factor, of course, is that they hear the Gospel proclaimed in Word and Sacrament, but other considerations usually come into play whether a visitor comes back. Here are eight ideas for you to… Read more»

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Free Will? What Free Will?

This Lent has taught me that Martin Luther was correct: We have no free will. Our wills are thoroughly corrupted by sin and our selfish desires. I had given up sweets for Lent, but then someone gave me homemade candy. Free will? Not a chance!

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Dawn of the Resurrected Dead

Why think of a 1970s horror film at Easter? We need to take a close look at how we script this story, especially for those who haven’t experienced the radical love and grace of our amazing God.

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Put Drama into your Stewardship Focus

Looking for new ways to bring stewardship principles to your congregations? How about adding a little drama to the mix? Click here to access free scripts from the Disciples of Christ for Easter, Thanksgiving, and other occasions. Consider modifying these (of course giving credit!) to suit your context. Also available from the Episcopal Network for… Read more»

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Casting Call for Passion/Palm Sunday & Holy Week

The story of Christ’s passion is compelling, but all too often we hear it as just that—a story told on the Sunday before Easter, a mere blip on life’s radar screen somewhere between the hosannas and the Easter lamb with mint jelly. This year, make a dramatic improvement.

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A ReNEWed Creation

Even though we’re still very much a consumer culture, nowadays it’s cool to recycle, reuse and re-value stuff others might throw away. Jesus did that with people. Jesus saw worth in everyone. He knew the truth that God created everything good. Of course quite predictably, he encountered resistance from members of polite society.