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David Beckmann: How God Can Use Us to End Hunger

Matthew 13:31-33

8th Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

July 30, 2017

The Rev. David Beckmann (ELCA)

 

In these two little parables from Matthew 13, Jesus says that the Kingdom of Heaven starts with little things - a dad helping his child learn how to write her name, someone really listening to her friend, a group of people getting together to solve a problem. God uses little things to do big things. Jesus talked about leaven: it takes half a teaspoon of yeast to make two big loaves of bread. And he said that our loving God uses our faith, even if it's just a little bit of faith - the size of a mustard seed - to move mountains.

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July 17, 2017

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Jacob

The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.
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July 24, 2017

ON Scripture: Kingdom Come (Undone): When the Most Christian States Are Also The Poorest (Matthew 13:31-33,44-52) By Joe Wiinikka-Lydon

ON Scripture: The Bible

If you ask Christians in a state like Alabama, which I have, you will hear that Christianity is the solution to most of life’s problems. It is a religion of peace, a religion of love. How can there be such suffering if, as Romans 8:27 argues, 'the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God?'
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Day1 Honors the Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long

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Tom Long is a 2017 Day1 Community Leader of Faith. Tom Long is the Bandy Professor of Preaching Emeritus at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. A Presbyterian minister, he is internationally renowned as one of the best preachers of his time. He has taught preaching for over 40 years, at Erskine Theological Seminary, Columbia Theological Seminary, and Candler. He has written dozens of books and served as senior editor of the New Interpreter’s Bible and editor of Theology Today, as well as other journals. He has served as the chair of the Day1 Advisory Board since its inception 15 years ago.
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Gordon Stewart: Stillness at Blue Spring

The Rev. Gordon Stewart (PCUSA)

The Rev. Gordon Stewart reflects on manatees, Blue Springs State Park in Florida.

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July 24, 2017

ON Scripture: Kingdom Come (Undone): When the Most Christian States Are Also The Poorest (Matthew 13:31-33,44-52) By Joe Wiinikka-Lydon

ON Scripture: The Bible

If you ask Christians in a state like Alabama, which I have, you will hear that Christianity is the solution to most of life’s problems. It is a religion of peace, a religion of love. How can there be such suffering if, as Romans 8:27 argues, 'the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God?'

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July 23, 2017

Lillian Daniel: Mansions of Mysterious Metaphors

The Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel (UCC)

The 1843 children's board game The Mansion of Happiness used a sixty-seven space spiral track to teach children the various Christian virtues and vices. You have to love that they tried.

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July 22, 2017

David Crumm: Master translator Willis Barnstone unveils ‘Poets of the Bible’

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David Crumm

Enter the master translator Willis Barnstone, now 89 (and we may all pray for his good health to continue his work for many more years). Granted, he’s not a household name among American readers like J.K. Rowling or John Grisham, but the world’s literary treasures are grander and richer because of Barnstone’s work over many decades.

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July 21, 2017

Carol Howard Merritt: Gratitude for the poppies

The Rev. Carol Howard Merritt (PCUSA)

We cannot always create something out of nothing. Rather, we change what already exists, and these tiny alterations give us meaning and purpose in our lives.

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July 19, 2017

Bishop Ken Carter: When a new pastor arrives: Five essential keys to beginning a relationship

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

Last month a number of men and women have left a community and a congregation and have traveled to begin a new ministry. This process is physically, emotionally and spiritually challenging.

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July 17, 2017

ON Scripture: GODISNOWHERE (Genesis 28:10-19a) By Jim Keat

ON Scripture: The Bible

You’ve probably seen it before: GODISNOWHERE. Depending on how you look at this combination of letters, one of two phrases will stand out. In times of distress and despair, bombarded by breaking news and confronted with the chaos of life, our first glance can easily read GOD-IS-NOWHERE. And in moments of safety and solidarity, when we find ourselves connected to something bigger than our own being, we might be able to see GOD-IS-NOW-HERE.

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July 17, 2017

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Jacob

The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.

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July 16, 2017

Gordon Stewart: The Parents, the son, and the girlfriend

The Rev. Gordon Stewart (PCUSA)

She was homeless when he welcomed her into his parents' new townhouse. So far as the parents knew, she was 'sort of' their adult son's 'girlfriend' but they weren't exactly sure what their relationship was. It was strange. It didn't seem romantic. She seemed different.

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July 15, 2017

Anthony Robinson: Never Give Up

The Rev. Anthony Robinson (UCC)

Our times are such we may be tempted to give up. To give up on a nation so deeply polarized and divided. To give up on a democracy so vulnerable to manipulation of fear and by falsehood. To give on the hope of being and building a beloved community when bruised by acts and words of cruelty and callousness.

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July 14, 2017

Emily Heath: The Most Stressful Part of Sundays

The Rev. Emily Heath (UCC)

I would rather write five sermons than lead the children's lesson at church. That's not really true, but I can say that I would have a whole lot less anxiety over those sermons than I would about the children's time.

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