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The Rev. Brian L. Cole

Foolish Wisdom

1 Corinthians 1:18-25

3rd Sunday in Lent - Year B

March 11, 2012

The Rev. Brian Cole (TEC)

For as long as people have followed the way of Jesus, there has been foolishness.

A preacher I heard in college once tried to tell us that.  He was a British Methodist and he preached for fifty-five minutes.  But I hung on every word.  The accent helped but it was more than that.  He spoke about the eccentrics he knew in his life and the foolishness of the cross. 

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The Rev. Gerald Williams

Irrational Exuberance

Micah 6:1-8, Psalm 15, 1 Corinthians 1:17-31; 2:13

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Proper 21 - Year B

August 22, 2010

The Rev. Gerald Williams, Jr. (UMC)

Allow me to go directly to the heart of the matter:  At the core of the Christian faith is an irrational exuberance--a sense of profound goodness that defies human cognition.  For example, the Bible is full of fantastic stories that boggle the mind and stir the heart; and as people of faith we consider them to be true.  When you think about it, you can't help but chuckle to yourself at the thought of Lot's wife turning into a pillar of salt or Jonah being swallowed up whole by a whale--and living to tell the story!  I mean it is somewhat of a crazy thought--foolish even--that as Christians we believe in a Supreme Being that we cannot see or touch or smell.  And yet, because of our belief in the unseen, we are happy.

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The Rev. Dr. David von Schlichten Transcript

August 16, 2009

The Woman Less Listened To

The Rev. Dr. David von Schlichten (ELCA)

The Rev. Dr. David von Schlichten introduces the "woman less listened to"--the personification of wisdom from the Proverbs--and shares how to accept her invitation to living more fully.