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Second Act John 20:19-23

Second Act

Whether you are a doctor contemplating a career change, or an elected official struggling with grief and loss, your first act is not your last.


Second acts, second careers, mid-life crises — history is full of examples of people who have successfully transitioned from one vocation to another. In today’s text, we have another example. Disciples of Jesus meet with their mentor and are given a second act.



For material based on today’s epistle text, see “Body Parts,” June 8, 2014.


The great novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote that “there are no second acts in American lives.” But Fitzgerald was wrong. There are plenty of them.

Take Ken, for example. Growing up, all he ever wanted to be was a doctor.

He did pre-med at Duke University, and then went to medical school at the University of North Carolina. After completing his residency in New Orleans, he moved to Los Angeles and practiced medicine for Kaiser Permanente.

Along the way, he got bit by the acting bug. He started doing standup comedy and began to audition for acting parts....

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