Easter draws closer and closer (April 4), and we're here to help out with sermon ideas to inspire you in your own preaching. This week we're featuring an Easter sermon from Dave Stone, pastor of Southeast Christian Church (Louisville, KY) and editorial advisor to PreachingToday.com. As you read, a few things to notice: First of all, Stone's ongoing wordplay with two ideas many see as facts—"life is life" and "death is death"—is masterful in how it sets up the dominant thought toward the end of the sermon. Second, make note of Stone's use of humor throughout the sermon. This is a real strength of Dave's, because he knows exactly when and how to use it. Finally, in one section of the sermon, Stone deals with all the major theories used to refute the Resurrection. If you're looking to wade into the waters of apologetics at Easter, this is a good example of how to do it succinctly, clearly, and thus, effectively.
If you think about it, so much about Jesus was upside down. With his teaching and his life, he violated every tenet of this world's system. From the moment he came into this world, he lived his life in an unpredictable way. Instead of "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth," Jesus taught to turn the other cheek. Instead of hating your enemies, his message was to love them. His was an upside-down way of life.
My daughter, Savannah, and her husband were recently traveling north along I-65 in Indiana. At one point they saw a road off to the right, lined with cars. Savannah said, "I'll bet it's a flea market!" But then they saw everyone standing together in front of what looked like rows of boards. My son-in-law, Patrick, glanced over and said, "No, I think they're having a big ...
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