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The Rev. Reggie Weaver

When the Roof Crumbles

Mark 2:1-12

15th Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

September 09, 2012

The Rev. Reggie Weaver (PCUSA)

Tom Long, the professor of preaching at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, mourns a trend that he has seen in preaching. We are given a Bible, inherit a faith full of stories in which the blind are given sight, in which slaves are freed from captivity, in which a world is created when a word is spoken. They are stories given life by the tangible presence of God--right here, right now. Yet, so often, Long observes: ...sermons preached in broad mainline denominations have the hollow sound of an old oak whose living center has died and rotted away. Yes, yes, there are sincere words about God and "the power of faith," that sort of thing...there is plenty of morality and good counsel, but no desert bush bursting into flame.

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The Rev. Dr. Trace Haythorn

The Art of Welcome

Matthew 10:40-42

Proper 8 - Year A

June 29, 2008

The Rev. Dr. Trace Haythorn (PCUSA)

Welcome. It's such a common word. It adorns floor mats outside all sorts of entryways. It's often on road signs as one enters a new state, a new town. I even saw a welcome sign recently as I entered a national forest. There are places where people offer "welcome" as a greeting as I enter: "Welcome to Wal-Mart!" "Good evening and welcome-table for two?" "Welcome to the greatest show on earth!"

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