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The Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis

Karoline Lewis: Grace Upon Grace Love

John 12: 1-8

5th Sunday in Lent

April 07, 2019

The Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis (ELCA)

 

What does love smell like?

Have you ever asked that question? A box of chocolates? A dozen fragrant roses? How about a house filled with the fragrance of a very expensive perfume? So much so that it lodges into every nook and cranny, infusing the floor boards with the scent, seeping into the curtains, the woodwork, the fabric of every couch and every chair.

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The Rev. Jason Micheli

Jason Micheli: A Sheep Without Verbs

John 10:11-18

4th Sunday of Easter - Year B

April 22, 2018

The Rev. Jason Micheli (UMC)

My first funeral sermon 16 years ago flopped. "It didn't sound like you knew him at all," a worshipper told me on the way out of the funeral home chapel. "Uh, I didn't know him at all," I replied. I was just a student. I didn't know then - they don't warn you in seminary - that most lay people consider it the mark of a good funeral sermon when the preacher sounds like he knows the deceased.

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The Rev. Dr. Christopher Girata Transcript

March 25, 2018

Chris Girata: Parade of Grace

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Girata (TEC)

In his sermon for Palm Sunday, the Rev. Chris Girata says that in his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Jesus was challenging the political and religious leaders, mocking the powerful, openly criticizing the strong, and celebrating the simple grace of God. He was making fun of the Romans and their military parades as a way to point to the true power of God--a power that is found in humility, vulnerability, and grace.
The Rev. Dr. Fairfax F. Fair Transcript

September 17, 2017

Fairfax Fair: Choosing to Be Captive or Free

The Rev. Dr. Fairfax Fair (PCUSA)

God’s forgiveness is freely offered us, Jesus' parable in Matthew 18 tells us, but Dr. Fairfax Fair says gratitude is a learned trait that requires us to get outside ourselves. Gratitude requires recognition of another’s grace-filled offering, or another’s doing something for us and our accepting it with humility.
The Rev. Susan Crowell Transcript

August 27, 2017

Susan Crowell: The Transformative Power of Grace

The Rev. Susan Crowell (ELCA)

In her sermon the Rev. Susan Crowell sums up Romans 12:1-8 with the word 'transformation.' Paul argues that in Christ, grace becomes the structuring reality in our daily lives. And Christ calls us to practice humility and sacrifice, to center our lives around grace, and in so doing God transforms us so that we can use our lives to transform the world.
The Rev. Scott Hoezee Transcript

February 05, 2017

Scott Hoezee: All Righteousness, All the Time

The Rev. Scott Hoezee (other)

In his sermon, the Rev. Scott Hoezee says we get so used to defining righteousness and the 'Christian way of doing things' to whatever it is we have grown accustomed to that we are no longer open to the surprises God has in store for us. And the heart of God’s law has all along been love.
The Rev. Christopher Henry Transcript

October 23, 2016

Chris Henry: The Problem with Piety

The Rev. Christopher Henry (PCUSA)

The Rev. Chris Henry says Jesus’ parable in Luke 18 is as current as the latest political attack ad or hateful Facebook post, because it captures the heart of the tragic human instinct to lift oneself up by tearing others down. The proud Pharisee thanks God that he is not like those people, while the tax collector begs God for mercy. And Jesus is clear about who goes home justified.
The Rev. Dr. Ruth Hamilton Transcript

August 21, 2016

Ruth Hamilton: Keeping the Sabbath Holy

The Rev. Dr. Ruth Hamilton (ELCA)

The Rev. Dr. Ruth Hamilton says in Luke 13 Jesus points out to the hypocritical religious leaders that they really did not understand God’s will regarding the Sabbath--helping others was not a violation. Keeping the Sabbath holy is really about worshiping God by releasing people from bondage and giving them new lives so that they too can praise God.
The Rev. Joe Evans Transcript

July 27, 2014

We Do Not Know How to Pray

The Rev. Joseph Evans (PCUSA)

The Rev. Joe Evans explores Paul's teaching in Romans 8 and encourages us to consider prayer as the act of giving up on our will and trusting in God's, of relinquishing our limited power while placing all our hope in God's ultimate power.
The Rev. Dr. Mary Anderson Transcript

June 16, 2013

Alabaster Extravagance

The Rev. Dr. Mary Anderson (ELCA)

The Rev. Dr. Mary Anderson reveals how Jesus' willingness to forgive sinners, as in the case of Luke 7:36-50, demonstrates God's loving acceptance of all who love God.