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How do You Spell, Spellcheck?

Then he spoke to Thomas, 'Put your finger here; look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into My side. Doubt no longer but believe
Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 118:2-4,13-15,22-24; I John 5:1-6; John 20:19-31

Sermon Week Second Sunday of Easter Cycle B

Scripture Summary John 20:27

Spellcheck is a funny thing -- sometimes. We've all experienced the frustration of quickly composing a text, only to have spellcheck swoop in to embarrass us. Ironically there is no official spelling of the word spellcheck (either one or two words is currently acceptable).

It seems hard to believe that when the first word processing program was introduced, it didn't even have a basic spelling feature. Today's programs not only include a dictionary and thesaurus but other writing tools such as translation, smart lookup, and research. Then, there is the hugely popular Grammarly program online that will scan your text, flag mistakes, and even make suggestions to improve your writing. Lesser known is a website called the "Hemingway Writer," named after the famed Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist. This program will attempt to apply Hemingway's unique way with words to your writing. In case you are not familiar with Hemingway's style, it is described as straightforward and simple -- while still relating a lot of information to the reader. To which I will add, that’s easier said than done!

Straightforward. Simple. Relating a lot of information. The same can be said of our text in today's Lesson wherein Jesus says to the Apostle Thomas, "Doubt no longer but believe." Straightforward, simple, and conveyed in that one word, "Believe" is the essential message of Johns' Gospel.

But clearly for Thomas, believing was easier said than done. He was finding it difficult to believe the testimony of His fellow Apostles that Jesus has risen from the dead and appeared to them. "We have seen the Lord," they tell him. And Thomas answers, "Unless I see the holes that the nails made, and unless I can put my hand into His side, I refuse to believe" (Jn. 20:25).

Then Jesus again appears among the disciples. This time, "Doubting Thomas" is present. And Jesus confronts him, one-on-one. "Look, here are My hands," He says. "Give Me your hand; put it into My side. Doubt no longer but believe." Thomas replies, "My Lord and my God" (Jn. 20:27-29). And from then on, the entire Christian world would [...]

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