Monthly Archives: April 2018

Fifth Sunday of Easter

One of the mantras of the modern age is that you end up enjoying the lifestyle that you have earned. Work hard and you will be successful in life. Is this true?  The Gospel reading assigned for this week is the account in John’s Gospel of Jesus as the true vine.  In one verse, we […]

Fourth Sunday of Easter

How many wars or conflicts are caused by one group of people believing that they are different from others?  In the Gospel reading assigned for this week, Jesus addresses this whole issue of exclusivity.  In Ancient Israel, many of the Jewish religious leaders believed that Israel was the only nation important to God.  They believed […]

Third Sunday of Easter

The Gospel reading appointed for this week is Luke’s account of Jesus’ appearance to his disciples in the upper room.  Luke includes the detail of the disciples actually touching Jesus and then Jesus eating with them.  What is the significance of this?  Perhaps there was a heresy circulating in the early church that Jesus had […]

Second Sunday of Easter

Have you ever considered how debilitating intense fear is?  Our brain responds to this type of fear in one of two ways: fight or flight.  That is, attack or run away.  Once this part of the ‘reptilian’ brain ‘takes over’, all higher order functions of the brain close down and we cannot show love, compassion […]

Easter

  I wonder what we are most passionate about.  Who, or what, is it that fires our desire and devotion?  On the very first Easter morning, there could be no doubt about the answer to this question for Mary when she was at the tomb.  Her obsession that morning was with Jesus’ dead body and […]

DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING COURSE

at Emmanuel Church

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Training planned for the Summer of 2018 following the end of the School of Theology lectures

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations”
Matthew 28:19

 

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