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The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr.

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr., is pastor of Covenant United Church of Christ, South Holland, IL. He is also a trustee of the Alliance for Christian Media.

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The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr., is pastor of Covenant United Church of Christ, South Holland, IL. He is also a trustee of the Alliance for Christian Media.


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The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr.

Ozzie Smith Jr.: When Jesus Comes Home

Mark 3:20-35

3rd Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

June 10, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

 

Several summers ago while on vacation, I purchased a small white wooden sign from a gift shop that read, "Friends welcome, relatives by appointment only." That sign arrested my attention while also stating an oft-unspoken truth. Friends are sometimes easier to deal with than family.

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The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr.

Wake Up and Believe!

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

23rd Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

November 16, 2014

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

In the movie School Daze, at the end of it the cast looks out at the audience and says, "Wake up!" I remember when watching that movie a gentleman behind me said, "I'm tellin' ya, 'cause I slept through the whole movie!" That remark caused me to think of what that moviegoer missed while asleep during the movie and the message. That movie dealt with the divisive issue of light and dark skin among African-American Greek organizations on a college campus.

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Conversation with Ozzie Smith - A 30 Good Minutes Interview

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

A profile and conversation about music and faith with The Rev. Ozzie Smith, Jr., a jazz musician and pastor of Covenant United Church of Christ in South Holland, Illinois.
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The Rev. Ozzie Smith Jr. - When Hope Won't Quit (Part 1)

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

Part 1 of 2; Sermon Reflections; The Rev. Ozzie Smith Jr. "This is a bumpy, but believable text. It pulls us in the outer region of understanding of where we would place Jesus. It allows us to see Jesus outside of the barriers of culture."
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The Rev. Ozzie Smith Jr. - When Hope Won't Quit (Part 2)

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

Part 2 of 2; Sermon Reflections; The Rev. Ozzie Smith Jr. "This is a bumpy, but believable text. It pulls us in the outer region of understanding of where we would place Jesus. It allows us to see Jesus outside of the barriers of culture."
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January 23, 2011

What Are We Doing Here?

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie Smith takes a look at a common and distressing situation in churches today: division. But the Apostle Paul had to deal with the same problem in Corinth. What can we learn from his experience?
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December 23, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on "Christmastide: A Reminder Where Our Hearts Belong"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

Dr. Ozzie Smith offers a response to this week's Day1 sermon by the Rev. Mac Thigpen, "Christmastide: A Reminder Where Our Hearts Belong."
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December 16, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on "The Place Where Heaven Will Touch the Earth"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

Dr. Ozzie Smith reflects on this week's Day1 sermon, "The Place Where Heaven Will Touch the Earth" by the Rev. Dr. Wiley Stephens.
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December 09, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on "Repent, Ye Saints"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

UCC minister Dr. Ozzie Smith offers a response to this week's Day1 sermon, "Repent, Ye Saints," by the Rev. Dr. Wiley Stephens.
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December 04, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on "Uncluttering"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

Dr. Ozzie Smith responds to this week's Day1 sermon, "Uncluttering," by the Rev. Dr. Wiley Stephens.
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November 12, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on "A Vision for the City"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

Rev Weimer's message "A Vision for the City" is powerful. He took me to the top floor with that search committee--what an image!
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November 04, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on "What God Values in Stewardship"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

Dr. Ozzie Smith responds to this week's Day1 sermon, "What God Values in Stewardship" by Dr. Scott Weimer. Join the conversation!
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October 28, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on "Being Saints of God"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

Dr. Ozzie Smith reflects on this week's Day1 sermon, "Being Saints of God" by Bishop Keith Whitmore.
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October 21, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on "Shackles That Won't Shrink!"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

Dr. Ozzie Smith offers a response to the Rev. Gary Manning's Day1 sermon this week, "Shackles That Won't Shrink!"
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October 14, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on "Good News?"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

Dr. Ozzie Smith offers a response to this week's Day1 sermon by Bishop Will Willimon, "Good News?"
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October 07, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on "The Peril (and the Promise) of Being Met by Jesus"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

Dr. Ozzie Smith reflects on this week's Day1 sermon by Bishop Will Willimon, "The Peril (and the Promise) of Being Met by Jesus."

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September 29, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on "Let the Little Ones Come unto Me"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

Dr. Ozzie Smith offers a thoughtful response to Bishop Will Willimon's Day1 sermon this week, "Let the Little Ones Come Unto Me."

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September 23, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on "To Make the Wounded Whole"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

Dr. Ozzie Smith offers a response to this week's Day1 sermon, "To Make the Wounded Whole" by the Rev. Dr. Ken Carter.
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September 16, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on "Insignificant Greatness"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

Dr. Ozzie Smith reflects on this week's Day1 sermon, "Insignificant Greatness," by the Rev. Stephen Lewis.
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September 11, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on "The Heartbreaking Messiah"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

UCC pastor Dr. Ozzie Smith offers a reflection on this week's Day1 message by Dr. David Lose, "The Heartbreaking Messiah."
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What Do You Want (from Jesus)? - Part 2 - Rev. Ozzie Smith Day1 Sermon Reflections

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

Part 2 of 2; Sermon Reflections; The Rev. Dr. Ozzie Smith: "What do you want from Jesus: the meal or the message? To be filled up with food, or a life that is fulfilled?" The Day1 Reflection Team with hostBill Turpie.
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What Do You Want (from Jesus)? - Part 1 - Rev. Ozzie Smith Day1 Sermon Reflections

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

Part 1 of 2; Sermon Reflections; The Rev. Dr. Ozzie Smith: "What do you want from Jesus: the meal or the message? To be filled up with food, or a life that is fulfilled?" The Day1 Reflection Team with hostBill Turpie.
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September 02, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on "Standing in the Tragic Gap"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

Dr. Ozzie Smith reflects on this week's Day1 message, "Standing in the Tragic Gap" by the Rev. Dr. Trace Haythorn. UPDATE: Dr. Billy Cox adds his reflection.

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August 19, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on "Words of Eternal Life"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

UCC pastor Dr. Ozzie Smith offers a reflection on this week's Day1 sermon: "Words of Eternal Life" by the Rev. Dr. David Lose.
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August 12, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on "The Woman Less Listened To"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

Dr. Ozzie Smith responds to this week's Day1 sermon, "The Woman Less Listened To," by the Rev. Dr. David von Schlichten.

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August 05, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on "Out of the Depths"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith Jr. responds to this week's Day1 sermon, "Out of the Depths" by the Rev. Benno Pattison.
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July 30, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on "The Thunk, the Gap, and the Six A's"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

UCC pastor Dr. Ozzie Smith responds to this week's Day1 sermon by the Rev. Mark Sargent, "The Thunk, the Gap, and the Six A's."
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July 22, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on "More Unexpected Jesus"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

Dr. Ozzie Smith offers a response to this week's Day1 message, "More Unexpected Jesus" by the Rev. Sharon Hiers.
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July 15, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on "RSVP to Jesus"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

Dr. Ozzie Smith responds to this week's Day1 sermon by the Rev. Sharon Hiers, "RSVP to Jesus."
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July 09, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on "Two Very Different Banquets"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

Dr. Ozzie Smith reflects on this week's Day1 sermon, "Two Very Different Banquets," by the Rev. Dr. Barbara Lundblad.
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July 01, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on "Strong in the Broken Places"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

Dr. Ozzie Smith offers a response to this week's Day1 sermon by the Rev. Dr. Robert M. Franklin, "Strong in the Broken Places."
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June 23, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on "A Daughter's Faith"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie Smith offers a response to this week's Day1 sermon by the Rev. Sarah Shelton, "A Daughter's Faith."
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June 17, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on "The Sleeping Jesus"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

Dr. Ozzie Smith offers his response to this week's Day1 sermon by the Rev. Sarah Jackson Shelton, "The Sleeping Jesus."
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June 11, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on "Noisy Spring"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

Dr. Ozzie Smith reflects on this week's Day1 sermon by Dr. Kimberleigh Buchanan: "Noisy Spring," based on Christ's parables of the seeds.
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June 04, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on "The Threefold Nature of God"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

Dr. Ozzie Smith provides a reflection on this week's Day1 sermon by Dr. Fred R. Anderson, "The Threefold Nature of God."
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May 27, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on "The Church's Hope"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie Smith shares a response to this week's Day1 sermon--"The Church's Hope" by Dr. Fred R. Anderson.
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May 19, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on "In but not of This World"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

The question is, what are we doing in but not of this world? Rev Howell helps us to wonder with them for it is as he says, "all of us are them." I wonder too how they might have understood Jesus' prayer in the real time of then.
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May 12, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on "As the Father Has Loved Me"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

Dr. Ozzie Smith offers a reflection on this week's Day1 sermon by Dr. James Howell, "As the Father Has Loved Me."
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May 06, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on "Neither Heaven Nor Hell"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie Smith offers some thoughtful reflections on this week's Day1 sermon by the Rev. Ben Anthony, "Neither Heaven Nor Hell."
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April 30, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on "A Visitor, A Mapmaker, and a Banquet"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

Dr. Ozzie Smith provides a thoughtful response to this week's Day1 sermon by the Rev. Ben Anthony.
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April 23, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on This Week's Sermon

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith provides a thoughtful response to this week's Day1 sermon by the Rev. Ben Anthony, "Folding Screens and Forgiveness."
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April 16, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on this week's sermon, "Dealing with Mystery"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr., pastor of Covenant United Church of Christ in South Holland, IL, offers a thoughtful response to this week's Day1 sermon by the Rev. Dr. Laura Mendenhall.
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April 08, 2009

Dr. Ozzie Smith on this week's Day1 sermon

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie Smith, pastor of Covenant United Church of Christ in South Holland, IL, shares his response to this week's Day1 sermon.
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Rev. Dr. Ozzie Smith - Podcast Extra Interview 2009

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

Rev. Dr. Ozzie Smith discusses the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Trinity UCC in Chicago, Prophetic role of the church in the state and Dr. Martin Luther Kings vision of the church in society.
The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. Transcript

December 28, 2008

A Sight for Certain Eyes

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr., is pastor of Covenant United Church of Christ, South Holland, IL.

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. Transcript

July 30, 2006

More than Enough

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

The Rev. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr., pastor of Covenant United Church of Christ in South Holland, Illinois, takes a look at the power of Jesus in answering our problems and fulfilling our lives.

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. Transcript

July 23, 2006

Be Still and Know

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

The Rev. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr., pastor of Covenant United Church of Christ in South Holland, Illinois, reminds us of the need to rest and refocus.

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July 16, 2006

Ministry on the Move

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith Jr., pastor of Covenant United Church of Christ in South Holland, Illinois, challenges us to reach out and express God's goodness in spite of the sometimes perilous consequences.

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. Transcript

October 12, 2003

It's Not Always What You Think

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie Smith Jr. is pastor of Covenant United Church of Christ in South Holland, Illinois.

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September 07, 2003

When Hope Won't Quit

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie Smith Jr. is pastor of Covenant United Church of Christ in South Holland, Illinois.

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. Transcript

August 03, 2003

What Do You Want?

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie Smith Jr. is pastor of Covenant United Church of Christ in South Holland, Illinois.