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The Rev. Brian L. Cole

I Am Not the Messiah

John 1:6-8,19-28

3rd Sunday of Advent - Year B

December 14, 2014

The Rev. Brian Cole (TEC)

No. No. No.

So begins the public ministry of John the Baptist according to the Gospel of St. John.

It's not what we have come to expect. Spend much time around Christian congregations during any Advent season, and John tends to come off as loud, disruptive and socially inappropriate. A wild man from the wilderness in stark contrast to the more serene images we associate with Mary and Jesus.

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The Very Rev. Barkley Thompson

Secret Identity

Matthew 3:13-17

Baptism of the Lord/1st Sunday after Epiphany - Year A

January 12, 2014

The Very Rev. Barkley Thompson (TEC)

The abduction of Elizabeth Smart is well-known, as are many of the details of her story.  In mid-summer 2002, Elizabeth was kidnapped from her Salt Lake City bedroom under cover of darkness by Brian David Mitchell, a deranged, messianic drifter.  She was taken to his camp deep in the woods, where she was brutalized by Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee.  For nine months, Elizabeth endured her captivity, until in March of 2003 she was recognized on a Salt Lake City street and freed.

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The Very Rev. Barkley Thompson Transcript

January 05, 2014

Whose Side Are We On?

The Very Rev. Barkley Thompson (TEC)

In his sermon on Matthew 2:1-12, the Very Rev. Barkley Thompson offers a fascinating take on this well-known story of the visit of the magi, who quite possibly were spies not only for their own land but for King Herod. Just like the magi, we too come with mixed motives and unclear intentions. Why do we call ourselves Christian? Why are we in the church? Whose side are we really on?
The Rev. John Gunn

Man in the Mirror

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. Gunn asks, "Do you really know the person in your mirror? Have you ever taken the time to get acquainted with him? Ask him what he believes in, what he lives for. Look him straight in the face while you're doing it. You need not hesitate; you will not regard it as impertinence; you'll not in the least resent it - not from you."

The Rev. Dr. Timothy Smith Transcript

March 06, 2011

Don't Just Do Something--Sit There!

The Rev. Dr. Timothy Smith (ELCA)

The Rev. Dr. Tim Smith shares some lessons from Peter's response on the mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-9)--namely, that sometimes we need to stop DOING and start simply BEING.
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An Invitation to Find Ourselves - William Dols on Day1 Sermon Reflections

The Rev. Dr. William L. Dols (TEC)

"From the Book of Exodus... When we are comfortable in our bondage, it is our suffering that can set us free.." -- The Rev. Dr. William Dols