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The Rev. David Beckmann

David Beckmann: How God Can Use Us to End Hunger

Matthew 13:31-33

8th Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

July 30, 2017

The Rev. David Beckmann (ELCA)

 

In these two little parables from Matthew 13, Jesus says that the Kingdom of Heaven starts with little things - a dad helping his child learn how to write her name, someone really listening to her friend, a group of people getting together to solve a problem. God uses little things to do big things. Jesus talked about leaven: it takes half a teaspoon of yeast to make two big loaves of bread. And he said that our loving God uses our faith, even if it's just a little bit of faith - the size of a mustard seed - to move mountains.

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The Rev. Susannah Davis

Susannah Davis: To Weed or Not to Weed

Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43

7th Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

July 23, 2017

The Rev. Susannah Davis (UCC)

 

To weed or not to weed, that is the question. I've never really been a weed puller. My mother is a weed puller by nature. She can't walk around the yard without bending down to pull a couple of weeds along the way. If you're sitting on the porch visiting with her, she has a hard time simply enjoying the moment, because she is looking around at all of the plants on the porch - she's looking at the ends of those little shoots to see if she can pick them off and make room for new growth. I think it's in her DNA.

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The Rev. Gordon Stewart

Gordon Stewart: Stillness at Blue Spring

The Rev. Gordon Stewart (PCUSA)

The Rev. Gordon Stewart reflects on manatees, Blue Springs State Park in Florida.

The Rev. Joe Evans Transcript

July 16, 2017

Joe Evans: More Than a Moral Lesson

The Rev. Joseph Evans (PCUSA)

We Christians know all about stories with morals, says the Rev. Joe Evans. But the story in Genesis 25 messes that up. Neither Esau nor Jacob is blameless. But the real lesson they give us is that we, like they, do not belong to our pasts, our great failures, our tragic disappointments, or foolhardy choices. For we belong to Christ.
The Rev. Joe Evans Transcript

July 09, 2017

Joe Evans: The Invitation

The Rev. Joseph Evans (PCUSA)

There is a major difference between the two men described in 2 Samuel 11 and Song of Solomon 2: the gallant young lover, and King David, who uses his power in evil ways. Love is initiated by an invitation, an offer that in the hands of the invitee is a choice. It's risky, but that's how it's supposed to work.
The Rev. Dr. Kenyatta Gilbert Transcript

July 02, 2017

Kenyatta Gilbert: Pinocchio Prophecy

The Rev. Dr. Kenyatta Gilbert (other)

The beloved story of Pinocchio sheds light on an important reality, says Dr. Kenyatta Gilbert: If you tell lies, you will find yourself bereft of moral integrity. This is true for persons in ministry leadership--the temptation to succeed at any costs is very real. This is also true for all believers in any walk of life.
The Rev. Robin Wilson Transcript

June 25, 2017

Robin Wilson: Rise Up

The Rev. Robin Wilson (UMC)

The Rev. Robin Wilson likens Jesus' words to his disciples in Matthew 10 to Alexander Hamilton's energizing encouragement to his fellow revolutionaries from the stage musical, "Hamilton," calling them to rise up, to act for that which is most important to them. In the same way, Jesus was honest with his followers about the potential costs of following him--but tells them not to be afraid.
The Rev. Robin Wilson Transcript

June 18, 2017

Robin Wilson: The Future Harvest

The Rev. Robin Wilson (UMC)

The willingness of the first disciples to take a risk reminds us that we too can risk ourselves to look upon others without fear, and with love and compassion, says the Rev. Robin Wilson. Those first harvesters remind us that modern-day disciples are also sent to go into the fields and work.
The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto Transcript

June 11, 2017

Eric Barreto: In the Beginning and In the End

The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto (CBF)

Dr. Eric Barreto says Genesis chapters 1 and 2 are not a blueprint for the world or a play-by-play of the dawning of creation. Nor are they simply an ancient fairy tale we can dismiss. They’re not about us--they are first and foremost about God.
The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto Transcript

June 04, 2017

Eric Barreto: Can't We All Just Get Along?

The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto (CBF)

In his sermon for Pentecost Sunday, Dr. Eric Barreto asks, Based on the account in Acts, what would it mean for a church to be Pentecostal? He says we would seek out all kinds of people without requiring them to become like us, that we cannot be "God’s" people without "those" people.