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The Rev. Chase Peeples

Imperfect Community

Luke 7:1-10

2nd Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

May 29, 2016

The Rev. Chase Peeples (UCC)


Do you know your neighbors?  It's a question I've been thinking a lot about lately, because I don't know mine. I suspect a big reason I don't know the people living next door to me is that I'm too busy looking at my smart phone to notice them. 

Our technology allows us to retreat into an artificial world where everyone thinks the same and shares the same beliefs. Our self-selected sources of news and friends on social media can give us a false sense of community. When we look up from our screens, however, to take note of the Black Lives Matter movement, the on-going fights over LGBTQ equality and the battle over immigration, we discover that we are a culture divided on many fronts. We are afraid of one another. Personally, I think it is much easier to go back to looking at my phone. That way I don't have to deal with anyone who will really challenge my worldview.

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The Very Rev. Samuel G. Candler

Is Christ Divided?

1 Corinthians 1:10-18

3rd Sunday after Epiphany - Year A

January 26, 2014

The Very Rev. Samuel G. Candler (TEC)

The great comedian Emo Philips told a story over twenty years ago, which bears repeating today. He was walking across a bridge, and he tells the story like this.

I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump. I said, "Don't do it! Don't do it!" He said, "Why not? Nobody loves me."

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The Rev. Brian Cole (TEC)

In his sermon for the 3rd Sunday in Lent, the Rev. Canon Brian Cole examines the "true wisdom" of God, which turns the world's wisdom on its head.
The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. Transcript

January 23, 2011

What Are We Doing Here?

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie Smith takes a look at a common and distressing situation in churches today: division. But the Apostle Paul had to deal with the same problem in Corinth. What can we learn from his experience?