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The Rev. Dr. Camille Cook Murray

Camille Cook Murray: I'll Tell You When You're Older

John 16:12-15

Trinity Sunday - Year C

June 16, 2019

The Rev. Dr. Camille Cook Murray (PCUSA)

 

One of the reasons people enter monastic orders is because they want to get closer to God and gain insights into God's wisdom and truth. In these holy communities they seek the things we all seek - faith and truth and wholeness, but they give up much more to try and get there. I hold a great deal of respect for people who can take vows of community or silence or simplicity or poverty. My dentist told me that one of her patients decided to enter holy orders and that she would no longer be able to visit the dentist. So my dentist said, "Well, just be sure you brush and floss daily." The soon-to-be-nun replied, "Oh, they do not allow us any luxury items, no floss allowed!"

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The Rev. Dr. Charles Reeb

Charley Reeb: Why Christianity?

John 1:1-9,14

25th Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

November 11, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Charles Reeb (UMC)

 

Do you know why you are a Christian? If someone were to ask you why you follow Jesus rather than the myriad of religions and philosophies in the world, what would you say? Would your answer be convincing?

I confess there was a time when that question haunted me. I really didn't have a good answer for it. I grew up in the church. Sang Jesus Loves Me. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior at a young age and was baptized. But when I entered my teenage years and began thinking critically, I asked, "If I had been born into a different religion, would I still choose to follow Jesus?"

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