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The Rev. Dr. Shawnthea Monroe Transcript

December 04, 2016

Shawnthea Monroe: Repent and Reset

The Rev. Dr. Shawnthea Monroe (UCC)

In her sermon for the 2nd Sunday of Advent, Dr. Shawnthea Monroe notes that John the Baptist doesn’t say repent OR the kingdom of heaven will come near, nor does he say repent AND the kingdom of heaven will come near. What he tells us is that we are no longer the key variable in this equation—what is happening in Jesus Christ is God’s doing. We can choose to be part of it, but ready or not, here he comes.
The Rev. Elaine Murray Dreeben Transcript

November 27, 2016

Elaine Dreeben: A Homegoing Song

The Rev. Elaine Dreeben (PCUSA)

Psalm 122 is a pilgrimage song, most likely sung by the faithful making their way up to Jerusalem. And the Rev. Elaine Dreeben says it’s the perfect scripture for the first Sunday of Advent because it reminds us that, though our high holy day of Christmas is only 4 weeks away, the fullness of God’s vision is still a long way off.
The Rev. Elaine Murray Dreeben Transcript

November 20, 2016

Elaine Dreeben: The Reign of Re-memberance

The Rev. Elaine Dreeben (PCUSA)

In her sermon for the Reign of Christ Sunday, the Rev. Elaine Dreeben challenges us as members of Christ's body to be prophets, change agents, and reminders to the world of God's tender mercy and forgiveness even in life's most difficult moments. We're called to point to God's power made perfect in weakness.
The Rev. Julia Rusling Transcript

November 13, 2016

Julia Rusling: A Holy Disruption: No Lamb Chops Tonight

The Rev. Julia Rusling (TEC)

The prophet Isaiah shares God's good news of freedom and release to a people burdened by their exilic existence. The Rev. Julia Rusling invites us to hear that good news when we too find ourselves in the midst of oppression, fear, and injustice.
The Rev. Dr. Paul Wallace Transcript

November 06, 2016

Paul Wallace: When God Shows Up

The Rev. Dr. Paul Wallace (CBF)

The Rev. Dr. Paul Wallace describes Job on the ash heap having lost everything, crying out for justice, for God to make all things right, for God to please explain how and why this happened. But mostly he cries for God to just show up. Because God hasn’t shown up--yet.
The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Taylor Transcript

October 30, 2016

Cynthia Taylor: A Song for the Forgotten Saints

The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Taylor (TEC)

The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Taylor says the question for All Saints’ Day, and all days, is, how are you going to live--now? After all, Jesus came to call each one of us from the tomb and into the light of life.
The Rev. Christopher Henry Transcript

October 23, 2016

Chris Henry: The Problem with Piety

The Rev. Christopher Henry (PCUSA)

The Rev. Chris Henry says Jesus’ parable in Luke 18 is as current as the latest political attack ad or hateful Facebook post, because it captures the heart of the tragic human instinct to lift oneself up by tearing others down. The proud Pharisee thanks God that he is not like those people, while the tax collector begs God for mercy. And Jesus is clear about who goes home justified.
The Rev. Dr. Larry Goodpaster Transcript

October 16, 2016

Bishop Larry Goodpaster: Unleashing the Power of Prayer

The Rev. Dr. Larry Goodpaster (UMC)

Bishop Larry Goodpaster offers three thoughts to take from Jesus' parable in Luke 18 to help us unleash the power of prayer for living faithfully: First, prayer is believing that God will act. Second, we must be persistent in our praying. And third, we must trust that the power of love and compassion, of God’s justice and mercy, will ultimately prevail.
The Rev. Dr. Paul Tellstrom Transcript

October 09, 2016

Paul Tellstrom: All He Has

The Rev. Dr. Paul Tellstrom (UCC)

The ten lepers in Luke 17 represent ten people isolated from their families, living with physical pain and ostracism, exhausted and friendless, who call out to Jesus. Only one exhibits gratitude, and Dr. Paul Tellstrom says our own authentic faith can enrich our lives and make us more open and loving people--but it all starts with gratitude.
The Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli Transcript

October 02, 2016

Ginger Gaines-Cirelli: Increase Our Faith

The Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli (UMC)

Ginger Gaines-Cirelli says Jesus' response to the disciples' cry for an increase in faith is to tell them about how effective faith even the size of a mustard seed can be. But even this small bit of real faith involves trust in God, and so is effectual only as long as it remains connected to the source of power--God.