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The Rev. Dr. Christopher Girata

Christopher Girata: Shrewd Faith

Luke 16:1-13

15th Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

September 22, 2019

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Girata (TEC)


Let's all be very clear: this parable is weird. Although the parable begins with a pretty good hook and seems to go in a predictable direction, the story skews off pretty quickly, leaving us all a little confused. At first, this parable is off-putting, apparently contradictory, and in the end, does not seem like the kind of parable that would be a favorite for most of us.

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The Rev. Dr. Simon Mainwaring

Simon Mainwaring: Leaving Egypt

Exodus 32:7-14

14th Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

September 15, 2019

The Rev. Dr. Simon Mainwaring (TEC)


Earlier this year, I had the privilege of leading a pilgrimage to the holy lands of Israel and Jordan. In honesty, I have never been someone who hankered to step where Jesus and Moses and Abraham stood. I was curious, but not burning with desire. As the time approached for our pilgrim bad to leave, I noticed that my curiosity was quickly turning to anxiety. I wondered how on earth I would be able to capture the incredible significance of these places and peoples. I wasn't sure if I was worried about myself not appearing quite as knowledgeable as others might have thought me to be, or worried about the people I was leading, that they would not have the kind of deep spiritual experiences that they'd been hoping for. 

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The Rev. Amy Gearhart (UMC)

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The Rev. Dr. Ronald Peters Transcript

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The Rev. Dr. Ronald Peters (PCUSA)

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The Rev. Daniel P. Matthews, Jr. Transcript

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The Rev. Daniel Matthews, Jr. (TEC)

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The Rev. Dr. Stephen Hayner Transcript

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Turning Points

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Hayner (PCUSA)

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Bishop Kenneth Carter Transcript

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Our Hope, God's Faithfulness

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

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