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The Rev. William E. Flippin, Jr.

William Flippin Jr.: Counterfeit Clergy

Jeremiah 23:1-6

9th Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

July 22, 2018

The Rev. William Flippin, Jr. (ELCA)


Father Frederico B. Gomez de Esparza was a Catholic priest affectionately known throughout his parish in Yuma, Arizona as Father Fred. He was a priest that hailed from Mexico and who served bilingual parishes in Arizona. By all accounts, Father Fred did his job well. Everybody loved him. He was known for his sermon mastery and knowledge of the Roman Catholic Church. He also knew the Scriptures, administered the sacraments, comforted the sick, conducted wedding and funerals - everything that clergy are supposed to do. He was later found out of having no credentials and was counterfeit. The parishioners who trusted him were deceived, describing him as a "wolf in sheep clothing."

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The Rev. Peter Wallace

Peter Wallace: Let's Dance

2 Samuel 61-5; 12b-19; Mark 6:14-29

8th Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

July 15, 2018

The Rev. Peter Wallace (TEC)


I have a confession: I've got no rhythm. When it comes to dancing, I have the proverbial two left feet. A few years ago, Time magazine reported that scientists had confirmed that this is an actual condition. I quote: "A 23-year-old man named Mathieu has been identified as the first documented case of beat deafness, meaning he cannot feel or move to music's beat. Mathieu moves to music at a pace unrelated to its actual rhythm." The story says he's not tone deaf, he can sing in tune and recognize familiar songs. Scientists think with further study, "beat deafness" may join "tone deafness" as a music-specific disorder. It could also explain the phenomenon known as "dad dancing."

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The Rev. Dr. Kimberleigh Buchanan (UCC)

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The Rev. Dr. Kimberleigh Buchanan (UCC)

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The Rev. Martha Spong (UCC)

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Chris Henry: Faith in a Seed

The Rev. Christopher Henry (PCUSA)

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

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The Rev. Dr. Ellen Richardson (TEC)

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The Rev. Dr. David Hull (CBF)

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The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

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