22nd Sunday after Pentecost - Year C
October 16, 2016
The Rev. Dr. Larry Goodpaster
I have personally struggled with this particular parable about an unjust judge. Every third year as this lectionary text rolls around I immediately feel inspired to look for another. It is, on the surface, a rather bothersome and strange story that challenges us to search not only for a possible meaning and application, but also for any sense of the presence of God. We much prefer cleaner and simpler parables from Jesus, stories that easily fit into our ways of thinking and acting.
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20th Sunday after Pentecost - Year C
October 02, 2016
The Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli
Wars and rumors of wars proliferate around the world. Nations, tribes, gangs, ideologues kill each other for the love of money, for the love of power, for the love of revenge, for the love of violence, for the love of God (God help us). The way to make any drop of difference at all seems not only unclear but impossible. But our God says to us, "blessed are the peacemakers." (Mt 5:9) "Lord, increase our faith!"
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August 14, 2016
The Rev. Beth Birkholz
Pastor Beth Birkholz reviews the saints of the Bible recounted in Hebrews 11-12, who surround us like a cloud of witnesses, particularly Rahab and her Grandma Edna, who encourage us when we run the race of faith.
May 15, 2016
The Rev. Alan Sherouse
In his sermon for Pentecost Sunday, the Rev. Alan Sherouse says that the Day of Pentecost reminds us that sometimes the things we end up closing ourselves off from are the things that can also renew and redeem us--the things that flow from the very Spirit of God and help us overcome fear.
April 17, 2016
The Rev. Susan Sparks
Susan Sparks says Jesus and Dr. Seuss offer us help in dealing with the anxiety and worry that consume us: We are to focus on today, realize worry is a waste of time, and accept that we have no reason to worry as God's children.
December 20, 2015
The Rev. Dr. Michael Brown
Cute little infant-in-the-manger stories aside, Michael Brown says the issue that confronts us as people of faith sooner or later is, if I call myself a Christian, then will I actually choose to live as one?
September 06, 2015
The Rev. Dr. Charlene Han Powell
In her sermon this week, Dr. Charlene Han Powell says if we are able to step back from our children's Bible version of Jesus, we might be able to see that this passage in Mark 7 is about recognizing this woman's desperate belief. Real faith isn't about getting what we ask for, but rather getting the one we are asking.
June 21, 2015
The Rev. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker
Stephen McKinney-Whitaker says we tend to believe in Jesus enough to worship him, we trust him with our lives, we trust in his words and his power to bring life and cast out sin and death, but we--like the disciples in Mark 4--don’t trust in his power in us.
April 12, 2015
The Rev. Dr. Casey Baggott
Dr. Casey Baggott guides us through the story of Thomas in the upper room, who stands at the transition point between the disciples who did get to see, touch, and hear Jesus directly, and the millions who come after who don’t have that opportunity. Jesus doesn’t rebuke Thomas for wanting proof--in fact he encourages him to touch and see.
March 22, 2015
The Rev. Dr. J. Bennett Guess
As the season of Lent draws to a close, Dr. Ben Guess encourages us to draw strength from the prophet Jeremiah, who wanted his people to know and remember, in a time of deep distress, that God's faithfulness remains intact because God has promised to write a covenant on our hearts.