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The Rev. David Beckmann Transcript

July 30, 2017

David Beckmann: How God Can Use Us to End Hunger

The Rev. David Beckmann (ELCA)

In the first of a two-part update to the Day1 Faith & Global Hunger series, David Beckmann says God uses little things to do big things. And so it is possible to end hunger in our country and around the world. But the church must get to work.
The Rev. Dr. Larry Goodpaster Transcript

October 16, 2016

Bishop Larry Goodpaster: Unleashing the Power of Prayer

The Rev. Dr. Larry Goodpaster (UMC)

Bishop Larry Goodpaster offers three thoughts to take from Jesus' parable in Luke 18 to help us unleash the power of prayer for living faithfully: First, prayer is believing that God will act. Second, we must be persistent in our praying. And third, we must trust that the power of love and compassion, of God’s justice and mercy, will ultimately prevail.
The Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli Transcript

October 02, 2016

Ginger Gaines-Cirelli: Increase Our Faith

The Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli (UMC)

Ginger Gaines-Cirelli says Jesus' response to the disciples' cry for an increase in faith is to tell them about how effective faith even the size of a mustard seed can be. But even this small bit of real faith involves trust in God, and so is effectual only as long as it remains connected to the source of power--God.
The Rev. Beth Birkholz Transcript

August 14, 2016

Beth Birkholz: Surrounded by Superheroes

The Rev. Beth Birkholz (ELCA)

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.
The Rev. Alan Sherouse Transcript

May 15, 2016

Open Wide the Doors

The Rev. Alan Sherouse (CBF)

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.
The Rev. Susan Sparks Transcript

April 17, 2016

Jesus and Dr. Seuss: A Conversation on Worry

The Rev. Susan Sparks (ABCUSA)

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.
The Rev. Dr. Michael Brown Transcript

December 20, 2015

The Baby Is the Easy Part

The Rev. Dr. Michael Brown (other)

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?
The Rev. Dr. Charlene Han Powell Transcript

September 06, 2015

Desperate Belief

The Rev. Dr. Charlene Han Powell (PCUSA)

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.
The Rev. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker Transcript

June 21, 2015

We of Little Faith

The Rev. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker (PCUSA)

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.
The Rev. Dr. Casey Baggott Transcript

April 12, 2015

Parked Beliefs

The Rev. Dr. Casey Baggott (UCC)

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.