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The Rev. Jenny McDevitt

Jenny McDevitt: Nevertheless, She Persisted

Luke 18:1-8

19th Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

October 20, 2019

The Rev. Jenny McDevitt (PCUSA)


When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth? My first understanding of faith showed up every Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m., like clockwork. I attended a Catholic elementary school, and every weekly Mass was very much a part of our curriculum.

One week, the priest exhorted us in the same manner as Jesus. "Pray always," he told us. "Pray without ceasing. This is what the Lord desires of you." After Mass, as we marched single-file down the hallway to our classroom, more than a few of us had the same thought. We settled into our desks, and when our teacher handed out the schedule, the math quiz, some heads bowed while others shook sadly. One brave spokesperson explained, "I'm sorry, ma'am," she said, "but we were told to pray without ceasing. We can't take the quiz. We're praying." Our teacher didn't miss a beat. "Oh," she said, "you can take the quiz. Because I imagine that once you begin working the equations, your prayers will actually increase." Turns out she was right.

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The Rev. Matthew Ruffner

Matthew Ruffner: Seeking the Welfare of Our Cities

Jeremiah 29:1,4-7

18th Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

October 13, 2019

The Rev. Matthew Ruffner (PCUSA)


Today we are going to turn to the prophet Jeremiah and to the 29th chapter, but before we read the text, we should explore the context just for a minute. Jeremiah is writing to a people who are in exile. They are in exile because they have just been conquered by the Babylonian Empire. They've been conquered after a four-year battle for the city of Jerusalem to which the Babylonian army has laid siege. Now you need to know that the Babylonian Army was ruthless, and laying siege was a military tactic that they often employed. Laying siege means that the Babylonian army would literally surround your city, and they would choke off precious resources from ever making their way in -- precious resources like food and water and wine -- you know, the daily living essentials.

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Chris Henry: A Joyful Obligation

The Rev. Christopher Henry (PCUSA)

The Rev. Chris Henry says that in Luke 17 Jesus tells an odd parable to his disciples who have just begged him to increase their faith in light of all he has been teaching about living as a follower of his. What Jesus calls them, and us as Christians, to do can seem overwhelming, but Jesus encourages us that we already have enough faith to live out the challenging commands he's given us.
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September 29, 2019

Scott Jones: Live and Let Die

The Rev. Scott Jones (other)

The Rev. Scott Jones explores the story of the Rich man, who’s unnamed, and Lazarus, the poor man whose name means “God is my help.” And he discovers that ultimately, we will either receive the name Lazarus by trusting the God who raises the dead to be our help, or we will attempt to make a name for ourselves, and remain nameless and immune to being raised up to new life.
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September 22, 2019

Christopher Girata: Shrewd Faith

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Girata (TEC)

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September 15, 2019

Simon Mainwaring: Leaving Egypt

The Rev. Dr. Simon Mainwaring (TEC)

The Rev. Dr. Simon Mainwaring says perhaps God changes God’s mind in today’s scripture because God is more spacious than we may have thought God to be. God continues to lead the Israelites through the wilderness knowing that it takes time for a new theological imagination to form.
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September 08, 2019

David Meredith: Not Equality in All Things

The Rev. David Meredith (UMC)

Paul’s letter to Philemon is instructive, says the Rev. David Meredith, because it reveals that equality in Christ is about the mutual participation of the particular person, gifts, graces, call, mission, and ministry of each person and Christ. As Galatians 3:28 puts it, “in Christ there is no division...among us all are equal.” That reality demands much of everyone in the church.
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September 01, 2019

Palmer Cantler: Table Etiquette

The Rev. Palmer Cantler (UMC)

The Rev. Palmer Cantler says that in Luke 14, Jesus seems to presage Emily Post’s protocol for dinner seating. But his lesson is much deeper, focusing on the Kingdom of God. It’s not table etiquette, but table fellowship in view here. Jesus’s words are not instructions about seating charts, but a breaking open of our need to feel exalted for a lesson on humility.
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August 25, 2019

Kristin Whitesides: Set Free

The Rev. Dr. Kristin Whitesides (CBF)

Dr. Kristin Whitesides helps us see the point of view of a woman with a spirit of infirmity, bent over, only able to see the ground, and thus ignored and overlooked by all around her. This was her life for 18 years, until Jesus in the synagogue proclaims she is “set free.” Praise is only one reaction to this healing—the other comes from the threatened religious leaders.
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August 18, 2019

Mark Ramsey: Tomorrow

The Rev. Mark Ramsey (PCUSA)

The Rev. Mark Ramsey says that in Hebrews, the path from today to tomorrow is lined with a cloud of witnesses, each one cheering us on, recognizing our challenges from their own struggles and hardships, and reminding us of the promises of God in Jesus Christ.