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The Rev. Dr. Charles Qualls Transcript

January 21, 2018

Charles Qualls: Promise or Warning?

The Rev. Dr. Charles Qualls (CBF)

Mark 1:14-20 contains both a promise and a warning, says Dr. Charles Qualls: A promise that God does not extend to us a calling to participate, as this kingdom is ushered in, without also giving us what we’ll need. But Jesus warns that following him would not always be without its difficulties and its costs.
The Rev. Henry Brinton Transcript

January 14, 2018

Henry Brinton: Come and See

The Rev. Henry Brinton (PCUSA)

The Rev. Henry Brinton says we live in a world that is as multicultural as the Galilee of the Gentiles, and our challenge is to create places in which people can come and see Jesus, just as Philip invites Nathanael to come and see. And the best way to do this is to practice Christian hospitality, to welcome people with love and grace, just as Jesus did
The Rev. Dr. Patrick Keen Transcript

January 07, 2018

Patrick Keen: Taking Baptism Seriously

The Rev. Dr. Patrick Keen (ELCA)

In his sermon for Baptism of the Lord Sunday, Pastor Patrick Keen says it seems some Christians today don’t take baptism seriously. But obedience in baptism helps us respond to God’s call to work for God’s kingdom in our world through social justice and serving those in need.
The Rev. Ernest Brooks Transcript

December 31, 2017

Ernest Brooks: It Takes a Village

The Rev. Ernest Brooks (other)

Pointing to the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child,” the Rev. Ernest Brooks characterizes Simeon and Anna at the Temple as two elders of Jesus’ village--wise ones, prophets, sages--who spoke over and into Jesus’ life, affirming the life altering and world changing anointing that was his mission.
The Rev. Susan Sparks Transcript

December 24, 2017

Susan Sparks: Sun Mo Manger

The Rev. Susan Sparks (ABCUSA)

In her sermon for Christmas Eve, Susan Sparks recounts a personal story of being turned away from a motel, and reminds us that we will all be rejected in this life, turned away, left out in the cold, but that’s not the end of the story. Like Jesus, we are all called to become the innkeeper, the builders of the kingdom, the protector of our brothers and sisters.
The Rev. Dr. Michael Brown Transcript

December 17, 2017

Michael Brown: The Hard Work of Making Life Right

The Rev. Dr. Michael Brown (other)

In his sermon for the 2nd Sunday of Advent, Dr. Michael Brown says Isaiah speaks to the Israelites who had returned home after 70 years in Babylonian captivity, and it was worse than they expected. It was a mess. It takes hard work to make things right again, in order to make home feel like home.
The Rev. Dr. Michael Brown Transcript

December 10, 2017

Michael Brown: God at Our Doorsteps

The Rev. Dr. Michael Brown (other)

Dr. Michael Brown says the Bible never promises that God will wave a magic wand and make all the bad things in life go away. Instead the Bible promises that there will be highways in the desert places of our lives where God will come to be with us, to comfort us, and eventually even to deliver us. And God almost always does that incarnationally--through a human being.
The Rev. Dr. Robert T. Baggott Transcript

December 03, 2017

Bob Baggott: Apocalypse, Not Now

The Rev. Dr. Robert Baggott (UCC)

In Advent, Dr. Bob Baggott says, Jesus advises that we stay awake, watching and waiting for how God is working and how God will come next to us. We are called simply to go on with our lives, living confidently, as capably and productively as we can, setting our minds and hearts on helping God further the work of creation and doing Christ’s work in the world.
The Rev. Shane Page Transcript

November 26, 2017

Shane Page: The Final Exam

The Rev. Shane Page (UMC)

The Rev. Shane Page calls Christ the King Sunday the most political Sunday of the Christian calendar, because we declare Jesus is Lord over all political and world powers. And it’s clear that King Jesus’ interests are in blessing those who served the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the imprisoned, all those in need and poverty.
The Rev. Dr. Casey Baggott Transcript

November 19, 2017

Casey Baggott: Making It Matter

The Rev. Dr. Casey Baggott (UCC)

Dr. Casey Baggott says that if we’ve been given the treasure of faith, we will invest it, not hiding the best of what we have, not being prudent or cautious, not seeking our safety and security above all else. Instead, we will take risks for the sake of spreading and multiplying the good news of God’s love.