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Finding Easter in the Dark

Text: John 11: 1-45. I nominate Lazarus as the poster child for Lent 2020. We know almost nothing about Lazarus, his interests, his life’s work, whether he was married, had kids, if he had a delightful or a troubled childhood. All we know about Lazarus is what Scrooge tells us about his business partner, Jacob Marley, in the opening scene of A Christmas Carol, “Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it: and Scrooge’s name was good upon ’Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail. “Mind! I don’t m

Can These Bones Live?

Text: Ezekiel 37: 1-14 Can these bones live? That is the question that God asks the prophet Ezekiel when his fellow Jews are quarantined in Babylon, isolated from friends and family, forced to assimilate or to drown in despair. Can these bones live? I cannot help but wonder if God is asking that question today to millions of Americans who wonder how they will make the mortgage, avoid bankruptcy or foreclosure, cover the tuition, buy the groceries, pay all the tax and insurance bills in light of the economic chaos set loose by Covid-19. Can these bones live? Ask that question to those waiting for a ventilator to treat their respiratory distress or for an available test to see if they ha

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