Show Me!

Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe

John 20:29
Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 118:2-4,13-15,22-24; 1Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31

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Second Sunday of Easter, A

Some sportswriters dubbed the 1985 world series as the “Show Me” series. The two teams — the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals — both were from Missouri, and Missouri is known as the “Show Me” state. This nickname can be traced all the way back to a speech made by a Missouri congressman named Hillard Duncan Vandiver. Speaking in Philadelphia in 1899, Vandiver said, “Frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I am from Missouri. You have got to show me!”

The disciple Thomas was from Missouri, in this sense. He was a “show me” kind of guy. He refused to rely on a second-hand report of the Resurrection. He said that he would have to…

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