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The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

Susan Baller-Shepard: Now I Know

Jeremiah 1:4-10; Luke 4:21-30

4th Sunday after Epiphany - Year C

February 03, 2019

The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard (PCUSA)

 

In 2008, after losing her parliamentary seat, Wangari Maathai urged tribal elders to help stop ethnic killings, following a disputed presidential election. This was a precarious season.

The text messages to her read like this:

"Because of your opposing the government at all times ... we have decided to look for your head very soon." 

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The Rev. Peter Wallace

Peter Wallace: Let's Dance

2 Samuel 6:1-5; 12b-19; Mark 6:14-29

8th Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

July 15, 2018

The Rev. Peter Wallace (TEC)

 

I have a confession: I've got no rhythm. When it comes to dancing, I have the proverbial two left feet. A few years ago, Time magazine reported that scientists had confirmed that this is an actual condition. I quote: "A 23-year-old man named Mathieu has been identified as the first documented case of beat deafness, meaning he cannot feel or move to music's beat. Mathieu moves to music at a pace unrelated to its actual rhythm." The story says he's not tone deaf, he can sing in tune and recognize familiar songs. Scientists think with further study, "beat deafness" may join "tone deafness" as a music-specific disorder. It could also explain the phenomenon known as "dad dancing."

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The Rev. Martha Spong (UCC)

In her sermon on Mark 4:35-41, the Rev. Martha Spong reminds us that we weren’t in that boat in that storm, so the disciples' fearful response is understandable. Maybe we need to remember the times we’ve called out for help and wondered if God cared, and to admit that in the middle of such moments, even when help has come, we haven’t always recognized it immediately--or perhaps even appreciated it.
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Robin Wilson: Rise Up

The Rev. Robin Wilson (UMC)

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The Courage of Easter People

Lindsay Popper (UCC)

While Jesus promises peace, the world offers us trouble, disappointment, and pain. Lindsay Popper says that Jesus offers peace to us not so that we can find shelter from the world, but that we might be able to enter even more deeply into the world, to live fully and boldly as Jesus' disciples.
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March 20, 2016

Players and Protagonists in the Kingdom of God

The Rev. Dr. Nancy Taylor (UCC)

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The Rev. Maxwell Grant Transcript

January 11, 2015

Torn Open, By God

The Rev. Maxwell Grant (UCC)

As the church observes the Baptism of the Lord, Max Grant points out that in Mark's gospel, the heavens are 'torn open' for the dove to descend on Jesus, which tells us that the baptism of Jesus is clearly a radical act--God has committed the act of breaking and entering into the world. And if we take our baptism seriously, it might just tear open our own lives.
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The Rev. Elaine Wilder (UMC)

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The Rev. Jonathan Currier (TEC)

The Rev. Jonathan Currier helps us respond to the question, Who is our neighbor?, by telling a story of a drunk subway rider who sorely needed a Good Samaritan in his life.
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Living Bread

The Rev. Dr. Timothy Smith (ELCA)

In his sermon on Jesus the Living Bread (John 6:51-58), the Rev. Dr. Tim Smith shares an experience he had in a Liberian village which taught him a lesson about living our faith fearlessly.