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The Rev. Dr. Stephen R. Montgomery Transcript

March 17, 2019

Stephen Montgomery: The One Big Thing

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Montgomery (PCUSA)

The Rev. Dr. Steve Montgomery notes that Jesus called Herod a fox, comparing the fox and a hedgehog and quoting an ancient Greek poet, “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” These are symbols of different sorts of people—those who focus on one big thing, as Jesus did in his determination to head to Jerusalem and the cross, and those who pursue many things in a scattered, confused, ineffective way.
The Rev. Canon Scott Gunn Transcript

March 10, 2019

Scott Gunn: My Life Has Never Been the Same

The Rev. Canon Scott Gunn (TEC)

The Rev. Canon Scott Gunn calls Lent a season of spring cleaning of the soul, and calls us to soak in the Scriptures to enable us to deal with life's various situations, with Jesus in the wilderness as our model.
The Rev. Dr. Greg DeLoach Transcript

March 03, 2019

Greg DeLoach: Seeing the World in a Whole New Light

The Rev. Dr. Greg DeLoach (CBF)

Dean Greg DeLoach tells us that, in light of Moses’s transformation on Mount Sinai, and Jesus’s transfiguration on the mountain, we all hunger for a kind of transformation with God. We all yearn for sacred significance—something or someone to stir us deep down so that our face literally radiates holy goodness, leaving us shining, shimmering, and transcendent.
The Rev. Dr. Becca Stevens Transcript

February 24, 2019

Becca Stevens: Loving Our Enemies Is Our Saving Grace

The Rev. Dr. Becca Stevens (TEC)

The Rev. Becca Stevens says Jesus reminds us that there is a way out from the trap of giving power to our enemies and instead walking a path of non-judgmental love, a path blossoming with mercy and fruitful with gratitude.
The Rev. Mark Larson Transcript

February 17, 2019

Mark Larson: We Deserve to Weep

The Rev. Mark Larson (ELCA)

In focusing on Jesus's words "Blessed are those who mourn" in the Beatitudes, Pastor Mark Larson encourages us to be more honest about our own brokenness, so we can see how close we are to one another --and how much we need each other.
The Rev. Sarah Jackson Shelton Transcript

February 10, 2019

Sarah Shelton: A Big Fish Tale: Worthy or Willing?

The Rev. Sarah Jackson Shelton (CBF)

The Rev. Sarah Shelton calls us to a willingness not to be afraid, to be bigger than those painful defining words that sound off in our heads and hearts, and to answer the nudge of God with “Here am I, send me.” It’s only in answering yes to God that we find the negative voices go silent.
The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard Transcript

February 03, 2019

Susan Baller-Shepard: Now I Know

The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard (PCUSA)

In her sermon for the 4th Sunday after Epiphany, the Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard speaks of Jesus as a distrupter, a paradigm shifte. And to get to know Jesus was to get to know about the great love of God. Jesus makes the circle bigger for so many who had been excluded. But it isn't easy.
The Rev. Dr. Tony Sundermeier Transcript

January 27, 2019

Tony Sundermeier: Are All Ushers?

The Rev. Dr. Tony Sundermeier (PCUSA)

In his sermon on 1 Corinthians 12:27-31, Dr. Tony Sundermeier looks at ways people serve in churches, noting that what happens in many congregations is that we’re so desperate to fill the gaps that we fail to have meaningful conversations together about call and gifts, rather than just trying to fill open slots with whatever warm body we can find.
The Very Rev. Dr. Christoph Keller III Transcript

January 20, 2019

Christoph Keller III: Water into Wine

The Rev. Dr. Christoph Keller, III (TEC)

In his sermon on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, Dean Chris Keller says that in Christ we see how right Dr. King and Abraham Lincoln were. This is a moral universe. In Christ that sacred truth was made outwardly explicit. He taught and lived the law that perfectly aligns with the just purposes of God. In that alignment miracles occurred.
The Rev. Dr. Sally Haynes Transcript

January 13, 2019

Sally Haynes: Swimming with Jellyfish

The Rev. Dr. Sally Haynes (UMC)

Dr. Sally Haynes tells us that at Jesus's baptism, God sends him right into the water of baptism. But, as the Bible makes clear, it’s dangerous in the water! And yet he shows us that life isn’t always lived in the safe places. And Jesus’ entrance into those waters of baptism teaches us that we aren’t the first ones in—Jesus has already gone ahead of us—wherever we are.