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The Rev. Joshua Scott

Joshua Scott: Intentional Faithfulness

2 Kings 2:1-14

3rd Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

June 30, 2019

The Rev. Joshua Scott (CBF)


Today, if I told you that many of us suffer from a traumatic disease that is eating away at us daily, would you believe me? This disease, however, is gaining traction by infecting many in our world today. Right now, this disease is eating at the hearts and the minds, the brains, and even the limbs of our friends, our families, significant others, and if we are courageous enough to reflect and to admit, it can be found in many of us today. This tragic disease is a mixture of selective amnesia mixed with the worshipping of circumstantial knowledge which ultimately leads to circumstantial faith. The disease, you see, of circumstantial faith is defined as faith in God based on favorable life circumstances. Individually, you decide when your faith takes root, and when your faith can be uprooted. When life is good, God is good. When life is bad all we notice is the circumstance, the challenge, or the chaos. Is it possible for us to admit that our circumstantial faith is placing a lid on our potential, and ultimately our relationship with God? Could it be that for us to thrive professionally, spiritually, emotionally, and physically God is asking for our faith to take root, rather than to uproot and flow in the wind pending the different circumstances life presents? Each day God is holding a graduation for those who desire to graduate from circumstantial faith to a state of intentional faithfulness.

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The Rev. Lori Archer Raible

Lori Raible: I Beg You, Do Not Torment Me

Luke 8:26-37

2nd Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

June 23, 2019

The Rev. Lori Raible (PCUSA)


I don't care if you are Al Roker or Willard Scott, no one can honestly estimate the wrath of a storm. We can't control them or stop them. How does the Psalm go? Though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam... (Psalm 46). Well, it seems like Jesus was having one of those days. We find Jesus on the shore after crossing the gliding waters of the Sea of Galilee where Jews caught fish and Jesus caught disciples. But as you know, this trip with his fearful disciples was not smooth sailing. And come to find out, the raging sea wasn't the only storm Jesus commanded that day. Hear what happens when Jesus lands on the east side, the Gentile side of the lake, in the Gospel of Luke 8:26-27.

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The Rev. Dr. Camille Cook Murray Transcript

June 16, 2019

Camille Cook Murray: I'll Tell You When You're Older

The Rev. Dr. Camille Cook Murray (PCUSA)

In the Upper Room, the Rev. Camille Cook Murray says, Jesus had a lot yet to teach his disciples, but they just couldn’t bear it. Same is true for us—if we knew about all the wars, disasters, recessions, illnesses and tragedies ahead, we couldn’t bear it. So Jesus is not giving his disciples all the answers; rather he’s trying to teach them about faith.
The Rev. Dr. Brian Coulter Transcript

June 09, 2019

Brian Coulter: If Children, Then Heirs

The Rev. Dr. Brian Coulter (PCUSA)

Dr. Brian Coulter creatively captures what must have been an amazing and life-changing moment with the coming of the Holy Spirit. And then he puts us in that situation, and wonders what might happen today if the Holy Spirit broke through—“I think most of us would head for the door.”
The Rev. Dr. Rodney Petersen Transcript

June 02, 2019

Rodney Petersen: The Sabbath and Social Renewal

The Rev. Dr. Rodney Petersen (PCUSA)

Dr. Rodney Petersen explores the 4th Commandment on keeping the Sabbath, and encourages us to be countercultural by observing it in our busy and complicated lives today.
The Rev. Hardy Kim Transcript

May 26, 2019

Hardy Kim: Connect to Real Life, Connect to Jesus

The Rev. Hardy Kim (PCUSA)

The Rev. Hardy Kim calls us to be "seized by the Spirit," and adds that a church can be “seized by the Spirit” as well – it’s a church that has courage not just to pray and witness to Christ, but work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.
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May 19, 2019

Hardy Kim: Food and "Them and Us"

The Rev. Hardy Kim (PCUSA)

The Rev. Hardy Kim tells us that Peter’s dream was transformative for him, forcing him to overcome barriers not only of his diet, but perceived barriers with others who were not Jewish. And his dream compels us to consider how we can cross similar boundaries that exist between ourselves and others.
The Rev. William Carter Transcript

May 12, 2019

Bill Carter: Nagging Grace

The Rev. William Carter (PCUSA)

The Rev. Bill Carter shows us that while the last verse of Psalm 23 says “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,” a better translation for "follow" is pursue or chase—goodness and mercy chase after us. What might that mean for our faith?
The Rev. William Carter Transcript

May 05, 2019

Bill Carter: Mourning to Morning

The Rev. William Carter (PCUSA)

The Rev. Bill Carter says Psalm 30 may be filled with joy, but it is a hard-earned joy. It's a daring prayer, because it seems to encourage arguing with God about our difficult situations in life. Should we follow that example?
The Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis Transcript

April 28, 2019

Karoline Lewis: The Courage to Ask

The Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis (ELCA)

Dr. Karoline Lewis shines a fresh light on Thomas in the Upper Room, revealing that we often miss the fact that he spoke up and asked for what he needed. We tend to stay silent, for ourselves and for others, because surely someone else will speak up, stand up, give voice to us and others. What are we afraid of?