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The Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr. Transcript

February 12, 2017

Russ Levenson: Living Happily Ever After

The Rev. Dr. Russell Levenson, Jr. (TEC)

The Rev. Russ Levenson explains that in Deuteronomy, Moses tries to beat a bit of truth into stubborn heads, essentially saying 'you are not going to find your way to happiness by ignoring the one who created the concept—happiness and life are only found in following him.' For Jesus, to be righteous means being in a right relationship with God, and that kind of relationship bears the fruit of right actions, not the other way around.
The Rev. Scott Hoezee Transcript

February 05, 2017

Scott Hoezee: All Righteousness, All the Time

The Rev. Scott Hoezee (other)

In his sermon, the Rev. Scott Hoezee says we get so used to defining righteousness and the 'Christian way of doing things' to whatever it is we have grown accustomed to that we are no longer open to the surprises God has in store for us. And the heart of God’s law has all along been love.
The Rev. Dr. Camille Cook Murray Transcript

January 29, 2017

Camille Cook Murray: A Message for My Brothers

The Rev. Dr. Camille Cook Murray (PCUSA)

Dr. Camille Cook Murray notes that the rich man in Jesus' parable caught 'affluenza,' a sickness caused by having too much. It can cause blindness, lack of sensitivity, and numbness in the heart. We see a number of cases of this disease in our own culture--and even those of us who aren’t all that wealthy may still turn a blind eye to someone in need.

The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers Transcript

January 22, 2017

Stephanie Spellers: The World Will Turn

The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers (TEC)

In her sermon for the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany, the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers says we need the light of Christ now in a way we haven’t in a long time. And lots of people from all walks of life are seeking a truth that cannot be spun and a light that cannot be quenched.

The Rev. Dr. Martin E. Marty Transcript

January 15, 2017

Martin Marty: Look! An Epiphany!

The Rev. Dr. Martin Marty (ELCA)

John the Baptist points to this ordinary man, Jesus, and sees him as a revelation of God, opening the eyes of those around him--and hopefully our eyes as well, says Martin Marty, who delves into what the title John gives Jesus, "the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world," really means for us.
The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson Transcript

January 08, 2017

Debra Samuelson: Tattooed for Life

The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson (ELCA)

The story of baptism is not only a story that we belong to God and are beloved by God, says Debra Samuelson, it is a story that we belong to each other--we're part of a larger story of God's presence in the world.
The Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright Transcript

January 01, 2017

Bishop Rob Wright: The Sound of the Authentic

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

"The sound of the genuine," a phrase of Howard Thurman's, is just a way of talking about God, says Bishop Rob Wright. Grasping the reality that, if we can hear the sound of the authentic, we will spend our lives with purpose and meaning, can make our new year happy, and even holy.
The Rev. Dr. Dwight A. Moody Transcript

December 25, 2016

Dwight Moody: This Is My Story

The Rev. Dr. Dwight Moody (CBF)

The whole glorious story of Jesus' nativity is our story, says Dwight Moody. We sing about it, role play in pageants, and it's a deep part of our lives. But it's easy to lose the story in the midst of the cultural celebration, so it's vital for believers to keep their focus on Jesus in the midst of it all.
The Very Rev. Dr. Christoph Keller III Transcript

December 18, 2016

Christoph Keller: Nothing to Dread

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

In his sermon for the 4th Sunday of Advent, Dr. Chris Keller shares that the prophet Isaiah’s pronouncements are realized in Matthew’s gospel: 700 years before the fact, Isaiah had predicted Christmas. And Christmas speaks to a whole world’s anxiety.
The Rev. Dr. Shawnthea Monroe Transcript

December 11, 2016

Shawnthea Monroe: Present Perfect

The Rev. Dr. Shawnthea Monroe (UCC)

As Mary and her cousin Elizabeth meet, Mary responds with the beautiful song we know as the Magnificat, in which Mary tells of the great and glorious things God has done. What strikes Shawnthea Monroe about it is the tense--the present perfect tense. Mary is not praising God for what God will do, she’s acknowledging what God has done--and yet it really hasn’t happened yet.