It’s that simple!

Sometimes pastors like myself make the Easter story a lot more complicated then we need to, especially when we try to cram in all the theological significance of the day. All those things are worthy of our most mature, intellectual, wise grown-up deliberations…sometimes. But today I’m settling for the faith of a child of God:
~who runs in panic,crying because someone has been lost (Mary),
~who tries to figure out hard things that no one is explaining
(Peter and the beloved disciple),
~who knows one’s name when it is called by someone who loves them (Mary),
~who bursts into a room with the greatest news in the world
(Mary, the 1st apostle).

Children understand what we’ve heard this morning. That we’re done crying. That Jesus is alive. That he’s called our name and now we’re running, bursting to tell someone about it. It’s that simple. It’s that profound.

And so for you, children of God, Mary rushes into hearts and announces: I’ve seen the Lord!
Christ is risen! Alleluia!


  1. Hi Pastor!
    I was at my parents’ house the other day and happened to look through an old church bulletin they had lying around which mentioned your blog- so I thought I’d check it out. After reading a few posts, I immediately added it as a favorite, and plan to check back frequently. Not only do I appreciate the way the blog speaks to your faith and the ways we all struggle to live as followers of Jesus, but it also nice to get a taste of the congregation at St. Paul, which I miss! I’m sure you are reaching many people through this blog…thanks!

    Deb Pensinger

  2. Hi Deb! Glad to find you on the blog. We certainly miss you and Matt too. I welcome your comments and insights. Pastors can get locked into their own little worlds. Speaking of locked in… That sounds like another posting. Elaine