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The Rev. Joe Evans

The Rev. Joe Evans is senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Marietta, GA.

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The Rev. Joseph Evans

Presbyterian Church (USA)

First Presbyterian Church, Marietta, GA

The Rev. Joe Evans is the senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Marietta, GA.

He is a native of Georgia, baptized at Morningside Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, confirmed and nurtured by First Presbyterian Church of Marietta, graduate of Presbyterian College where he earned a B.A. in religion, and Columbia Theological Seminary where he was nominated for the "David HC Reed preacher/scholar award." He was ordained into the office of Minister of Word and Sacrament at First Presbyterian Church, Marietta GA in March of 2007. After ordination Rev. Evans served Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church in Lilburn, GA as Associate Pastor of Mission and Outreach, and as Interim Pastor. Before coming to Marietta, he was senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Columbia, TN.

Rev. Evans has served as editor of Lectionary Homiletics journal since 2005, and has contributed to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Journal for Preachers, The Silver Cross, as well as Lectionary Homiletics, and has been the guest preacher on Day1, a nationally syndicated radio show (formerly known as The Protestant Hour).

Rev. Evans and his wife Sara are live in Marietta with their daughters Lily and Cecelia.

 


Latest Content by The Rev. Joe Evans

The Rev. Joe Evans

Joe Evans: Where Were You?

Job 38:1-11, 25-27, 39-41

22nd Sunday after Pentecost -Year B

October 21, 2018

The Rev. Joseph Evans (PCUSA)

 

It's frustrating to ask a direct question without getting a direct answer, so I apologize, that as is the case so often with politicians, doctors, and lawyers, where many significant statements are made but few direct answers are given, we also have this Scripture lesson from the 38th chapter of Job, where after Job asked a direct question to God - "Why, Lord, must the innocent suffer?" - not even God seems willing to give a clear and direct answer in response.

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The Rev. Joe Evans

Joe Evans: When Israel Was a Child

Hosea 11:1-11

21st Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

October 14, 2018

The Rev. Joseph Evans (PCUSA)

 

You know, some relationships end - and some seem to end more easily than others.

I was in 6th grade and I had a girlfriend. Her name was Katherine and we really made our relationship official when at the end of our 5th Grade year we couple skated holding hands at the local skating rink. Unfortunately, then we went on to 6th grade, that was middle school and in middle school things were different. There was this guy there named Ben and he gelled his hair and before I knew it I was climbing into the school bus when one of Katherine's friends ran up and told me that Katherine would be breaking up with me because Katherine was now going with Ben. It seems to me that after you've couple skated with someone the decent thing to do is to at least break up with them face-to-face, but Katherine didn't see it that way and just like that the relationship was over.

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Other Recent Content by The Rev. Joe Evans

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July 16, 2017

Joe Evans: More Than a Moral Lesson

The Rev. Joseph Evans (PCUSA)

We Christians know all about stories with morals, says the Rev. Joe Evans. But the story in Genesis 25 messes that up. Neither Esau nor Jacob is blameless. But the real lesson they give us is that we, like they, do not belong to our pasts, our great failures, our tragic disappointments, or foolhardy choices. For we belong to Christ.
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July 09, 2017

Joe Evans: The Invitation

The Rev. Joseph Evans (PCUSA)

There is a major difference between the two men described in 2 Samuel 11 and Song of Solomon 2: the gallant young lover, and King David, who uses his power in evil ways. Love is initiated by an invitation, an offer that in the hands of the invitee is a choice. It's risky, but that's how it's supposed to work.
The Rev. Joe Evans Transcript

July 27, 2014

We Do Not Know How to Pray

The Rev. Joseph Evans (PCUSA)

The Rev. Joe Evans explores Paul's teaching in Romans 8 and encourages us to consider prayer as the act of giving up on our will and trusting in God's, of relinquishing our limited power while placing all our hope in God's ultimate power.
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July 20, 2014

Pacing in the Waiting Room

The Rev. Joseph Evans (PCUSA)

The Rev. Joe Evans explores Paul's teaching in Romans 8, revealing that the pain of giving birth is a divine image to explain how God is at work in the world as we draw closer to the fulfillment of Christ's promises. Despite the pain, we most focus not on what we think is important, but on the glory that will be revealed in us.
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March 03, 2013

Spared the Ax

The Rev. Joseph Evans (PCUSA)

As we continue in the season of Lent, the Rev. Joe Evans explores Jesus' admonition in Luke 13 to repent or perish, as well as his story of the unproductive fig tree. If we've been spared the ax as well, what will we do with today?
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February 24, 2013

The Fox Is in the Henhouse

The Rev. Joseph Evans (PCUSA)

In his message for the 2nd Sunday in Lent, the Rev. Joe Evans notes that as people of faith in a culture of fear, we must talk about ruth in a world of misstatements, and talk about real love in a world of pleasure and pleasing.
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July 17, 2011

It's Coming

The Rev. Joseph Evans (PCUSA)

Our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us, Paul says. We are the resurrection people, and we have a reason to hope.
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July 10, 2011

The Sower's Lesson

The Rev. Joseph Evans (PCUSA)

The goal of the sower in Jesus' parable (Matthew 13) was simply to sow seed, and to many he seems careless and wasteful. As followers of Christ, how are we sowing the seeds of our faith?