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The Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis

Karoline Lewis: The Courage to Ask

John 20:19-31

2nd Sunday of Easter - Year C

April 28, 2019

The Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis (ELCA)

 

Ah, Thomas. Always the Sunday after Easter. Always and forever. And forever mis-named the Doubter.

I wonder if anyone remembers that this is not the first time you've requested something of Jesus. I imagine most of us don't. Why? I suspect that it's because we are so captivated by your disbelief so as to validate our own.

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The Rev. Canon John Thompson-Quartey

John Thompson-Quartey: On Being God's New Creation

John 20:1-18

Easter - Resurrection of the Lord - Year C

April 21, 2019

The Rev. Canon John Thompson-Quartey (TEC)

 

To John, our Gospel writer, the Good News of Jesus Christ begins not with a baby in a manger, but from the very beginning of creation. You can tell by the way John begins his gospel: "In the beginning was the word."

The first three words echo the creation story from the book of Genesis, and John was very intentional about starting with those words. John sees the birth, life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ taking its roots in the beginning of creation.

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The Rev. Dr. Steven Pierce Transcript

April 14, 2019

Steven Pierce: Ain't No Rock Gonna Shout for Me

The Rev. Dr. Steven Pierce (other)

Dr. Steven Pierce preaches on the drama of Palm Sunday leading into Jesus’s Passion—the drama of praise, the drama of hypocrisy, and the drama of our deepest need. Even in times of brokenness and doubt, “yet we will praise him,” for when we are faithful in our praise, we discover the mystery of God’s faithfulness.
The Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis Transcript

April 07, 2019

Karoline Lewis: Grace Upon Grace Love

The Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis (ELCA)

Dr. Karoline Lewis says that it’s easy to miss the reality of the sacrifice Mary made for this gesture of love for Jesus—around $20,000 of precious perfume poured out on his feet. She calls it a “grace upon grace kind of love,” abundant love—the kind of love that has to be shown, not just said.
The Very Rev. David Hodges Transcript

March 31, 2019

David Hodges: Return as Far as You Can

The Very Rev. David Hodges (TEC)

The Very Rev. David Hodges shares that the story Jesus told about the return of the foolish son really makes it clear that this isn’t about repenting and being forgiven, it’s a story about a father who lavishes love and acceptance on that son. Just as God does for us.
The Rev. Dr. Stephen R. Montgomery Transcript

March 24, 2019

Stephen Montgomery: The Voice of the Gardener

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Montgomery (PCUSA)

In his sermon for the 3rd Sunday in Lent, Dr. Stephen Montgomery says if you want a sign of God at work in the world, then listen carefully in this world for voices like the voice of the gardener--who encouraged the landowner to be patient for fruit to emerge from the fig tree.
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.