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The Rev. Dr. Kristin Adkins Whitesides

Kristin Whitesides: Set Free

Luke 13:10-17

11th Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

August 25, 2019

The Rev. Dr. Kristin Whitesides (CBF)


One of my earliest, most vivid memories is from a church gathering when I was very young. I was toddling through the sea of legs in the fellowship hall, looking for my father, who was the pastor. But, because I was very small, I was looking at people's shoes. I immediately ruled out the women in heels and pantyhose. But then I was left with a sea of men's trousers and almost identically nondescript pantlegs. Finally, I found the set of legs I had been looking for and grabbed onto my father, holding on for dear life, overwhelmed by the crowds pressing around us.

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The Rev. Mark Ramsey

Mark Ramsey: Tomorrow

Hebrews 11:32--12:2

10th Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

August 18, 2019

The Rev. Mark Ramsey (PCUSA)


Don't live in a smaller world than God has given to you. Forces in our life strive to shrink our world and our hopes. We are enticed by distraction that shrinks our focus on deeper values. We are lured into conventional thinking that withers our imagination for living in God's world.

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August 11, 2019

Mark Ramsey: Today

The Rev. Mark Ramsey (PCUSA)

In his sermon on Hebrews 11, the Rev. Mark Ramsey says we live in a time when short-term thinking is being substituted for long-term vision at so many turns—but the writer of Hebrews names the source of live-giving vision: Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
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August 04, 2019

Jason Micheli: No Salvation Outside the Church

The Rev. Jason Micheli (UMC)

The Rev. Jason Micheli says the key to having love as a noun in your life is making love a verb; where you invest in loving actions, loving feelings will follow. If that’s how love works for a spouse or in a relationship, then why do we suppose it’s any different when it comes to our love for God?
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July 28, 2019

Jason Micheli: God Is the Bigger Elvis

The Rev. Jason Micheli (UMC)

In his sermon on Colossians 2, the Rev. Jason Micheli asks us: if you’re already forgiven, if Jesus has forgiven every sin you’ve done or will do, why would you bother following him? Paul makes the case in Colossians that this is indeed the case—that it happened once, for all, unconditionally. So why bother with this whole Christianity thing?
The Rev. Henry Brinton Transcript

July 21, 2019

Henry Brinton: Christian Flow

The Rev. Henry Brinton (PCUSA)

In the novel "City of Peace," as pastor Harley enjoys the hospitality of Sofia and Youssef, Coptic Christians, Harley begins to sense what psychologists describe as “flow,” when a person becomes energized, focused, and fully involved in an activity. As the Rev. Henry Brinton puts it in his sermon, Harley was experiencing “Christian Flow.”
The Rev. Michael Mills Transcript

July 14, 2019

Michael Mills: Finding Spiritual Balance

The Rev. Michael Mills (TEC)

The Rev. Michael Mills tells us that St. Paul addresses the Colossians' confusion about old rituals and pagan ways, saying that they are not inherently bad or good, that they have no power in themselves, but they can lead to a divided mind and heart—and that can be dangerous.
The Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright Transcript

July 07, 2019

Rob Wright: Up Ahead

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

Bishop Rob Wright says "harvest" is about connecting with people, sharing purpose with people, gathering people. It’s how God’s people can embody the phrase “For God so loved the world.” But the laborers are few, Jesus says. So what does it take to be a true harvest laborer?
The Rev. Joshua Scott Transcript

June 30, 2019

Joshua Scott: Intentional Faithfulness

The Rev. Joshua Scott (CBF)

Using the story of Elijah and Elisha, the Rev. Joshua Scott gives us three steps toward building intentional faithfulness in our lives as followers of Jesus.
The Rev. Lori Archer Raible Transcript

June 23, 2019

Lori Raible: I Beg You, Do Not Torment Me

The Rev. Lori Raible (PCUSA)

In her sermon on Jesus's healing of the demoniac, the Rev. Lori Raible says we all have demons, which is probably why Jesus made the trip to a spiritual unclean, Roman occupied, Gentile town full of swine herders in the first place. Jesus had a point to make: no one is so unclean that we are out of God’s reach.