1. To manipulate God with our questions is, ultimately, to try and get ourselves off the hook and/or God off the throne.
  2. Jesus called Peter to be a fisher of men so more people would be caught up in God’s gracious love through Jesus. But Peter needs to remember he is also one who needs to be caught-up in the same grace.
  3. When we are not running ahead of Jesus, we might be in a better position to see Jesus: Crucified and risen for sinners, among whom I am the chief.
  4. The same Word which stepped out of eternity into created time in order to speak light and life into creation when all was void and formless, that same Word still speaks.
  5. We cannot use Jesus to defeat our problems, but as Jesus embraces us, we discover (almost incidentally) we have been relieved of our burdens.
  6. The shepherd calls the sheep by name. They hear and recognize his voice. They know his voice. So, when he leads them out, they go.
  7. Attending to the organization and development of a sermon’s content into a message which is experienced in real time honors the nature of our God-given humanity.
  8. God has made us as embodied creatures with eyes, ears, reason, and all our senses and emotions. We preach Christ to whole people, real people, in real time.
  9. Easter is the most important Sunday because Christ is risen, death is defeated, and all of God’s promises find their fulfillment in Jesus.
  10. Here on Palm Sunday in the Gospel according to John, we see several groups of people in progress. Some have seen more signs than others. None of them really get it.
  11. I hope your people expect and even demand this of you. But how we proclaim the central message, that can (and probably should) vary.
  12. Though it may feel to us like the darkness is winning, God’s Word reveals the darkness is waning. The Light of the world has come.

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