April 20, 2014
John 20:1-18
1 Corinthians 15:19-26
Acts 10:34-43

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Before he was the nationally...

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Before he was the nationally famous chaplain at Yale University, before he was the minister of the great Riverside Presbyterian Church in New York, before he was a well-known activist in the field of peacemaking, William Sloane Coffin Jr. was searching for faith. He described a crucial transition in his faith-journey this way: "Slowly, I found myself changing from the seeker who looks hoping something's there, to the kind who knows something's there, if only he can find it."

We come to worship for different reasons. Some come in doubt, some in certainty, most somewhere in between. The church that is truly ministering in a Christ-like way welcomes all comers. To them it displays the wounds of Jesus: "Come... see... touch."

It is acceptable to come to such a church -- even to join it -- while still asking the hard questions. Such was true for Thomas, who -- like most of us -- didn't have it all together. Jesus welcomed him....

This Sermon Illustration Before he was the nationally... is based on John 20:19-31 and relates to Second Sunday of Easter of Cycle B of the lectionary. This Sermon Illustration on John 20:19-31 is just one of over 15,000 Sermon Illustrations at SermonSuite.com. SermonSuite also offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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