Where We Stand With God – March 27, 2016

Resurrection Sunday – Watch Live Where We Stand With God. The Illusion of Neutrality. Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 40:1-2; Isaiah 40:28-31 New Testament Lesson: Romans 5:18-20; Hebrews 9:26-10:14; I Corinthians 15:1-22 (Romans passage read in unison as a Call to Worship) Gospel Lesson: John 20:1-18   Years ago I told you of my experience as a young teenager of working watermelons each summer on my uncles’ farm at Kanapaha. I told you of the excessive and oppressive mid-summer heat of the open field, with row-upon-quarter-mile-row of ripening watermelons to be manually harvested, shimmering as if a mirage. As Neil Diamond sang, “You could almost hear yourself sweat.” I told you of nearly being ‘bear-caught’ – what city-folk would call heat exhaustion – and of the promise at the end of each row of a spate of rest, a drink of sugar-cane water, and of a few minutes spent in the shade provided by the wind-break treeline. One such time I was barely cognizant; only loosely tethered to the planet; close to dehydration; standing dazed at the end of the row in the blazing sun. My uncle said, “Son, the shade is free. But you have to go stand in it.” Well, indeed.   Britain was prostrate. Defeated in every regard save for formal surrender to the Nazi war machine which was poised on the coast of France, some few miles across the English Channel. The Maginot Line had been circumvented and trampled as if it were a tinker-toy model with match-stick structures – the French army in panicked retreat. The British Expeditionary Force – basically all Britain’s ground troops...