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The Rev. Dr. Ronald Peters

The Uriah Factor

2 Samuel 11:1-21

Proper 12 (17) - Year B

October 09, 2011

The Rev. Dr. Ronald Peters (PCUSA)

Unless we are careful, it is easy to miss or dismiss what I call The Uriah Factor. By way of defining what I mean by The Uriah Factor, let me review the context from which it emerges in scripture: in the well-known Biblical tale of David and Bathsheba.

Because of human nature's popular fascination with the trappings of wealth, privilege, and power, whenever the biblical story of David and Bathsheba is read or discussed, most attention is quickly drawn to the Hollywood-style glamour or soap opera intrigue that surrounds the salacious, the unfettered license, and the corruption in high places that adorns this tragedy. Yet, in so doing, we miss one of the most important aspects of this rather sad tale: the significance and the importance of the man Uriah.

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The Rev. Susan Sparks

So You're a Christian? Whattaya Gonna Do About It?

Hebrews 12:1-3

August 07, 2011

The Rev. Susan Sparks (ABCUSA)

I think we make Christianity way too much about Jesus.  Now wait, please, don't turn the dial quite yet.  Just hear me out.  Think about it this way:  Jesus has done the work he came to do.

  • Good Friday is over. 
  • The crucifixion is done. 
  • The resurrection is complete.

Yes, we should give thanks and praise for this gift.  But be very clear.  The second that stone rolled away from in front of that tomb the responsibility for the kingdom shifted to us. 

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The Rev. Susan Sparks (ABCUSA)

The Rev. Susan Sparks wonders about the impact Christians could have in the world if they behaved more like Elvis fans, instead of like doubting Thomas.