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The Rev. Hardy Kim

Hardy Kim: Connect to Real Life, Connect to Jesus

John 14:23-29

6th Sunday of Easter - Year C

May 26, 2019

The Rev. Hardy Kim (PCUSA)


Toward the beginning of her book Christianity After Religion, published in 2012, Diana Butler Bass shares part of a conversation she had with a seat mate on a plane who said, "'...I don't go to church anymore. I'm not mad at the church or anything - I appreciate what it gave me when I was young... But I just don't know where it fits anymore, and I just drifted away. My life is full without church; it seems kind of irrelevant. They don't care about my questions; there's no reason to go.'"

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The Rev. Hardy Kim

Hardy Kim: Food and "Them and Us"

Acts 11:1-18

5th Sunday of Easter - Year C

May 19, 2019

The Rev. Hardy Kim (PCUSA)


The story of Peter defending himself before the believers in Jerusalem is critical to our Christian faith. It helped open the door to including believers who did not (or could not) adopt a lifestyle consistent with Jewish purity laws.

Aside from that, we don't trouble ourselves with the particulars of the tale. As most Christians don't live according to any faith-based dietary laws, it can be hard for us to imagine what useful wisdom we might gain from this passage. And yet, these days, most of us pay a lot of attention to what we eat, don't we? We spend many hours researching what is good to eat and what is bad to eat. We look up expert advice to help us put together a personal diet that is healthy for both our bodies and spirits. We have all sorts of ideas about what makes a certain type of food or diet ethically proper, and many of us avoid whole categories of food on moral grounds.

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The Rev. William Carter (PCUSA)

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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?
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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?
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The Rev. Canon John Thompson-Quartey (TEC)

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

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Karoline Lewis: Grace Upon Grace Love

The Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis (ELCA)

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The Very Rev. David Hodges (TEC)

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Stephen Montgomery: The Voice of the Gardener

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Montgomery (PCUSA)

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