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The Rev. Dr. Davis Chappell

A Prophet's Joy

Zephaniah 3:14-20

2nd Sunday of Advent - Year A - (Advent 3C)

December 08, 2013

The Rev. Dr. Davis Chappell (UMC)

We continue our Advent journey today with a reading from the prophet, Zephaniah. His very name means God protects. Zephaniah's prophecy is limited to three chapters, just 55 verses. In his signature verse, his lineage is traced back four generations. That's a little strange if you know the prophets! Others go back two generations. Zephaniah goes back four.

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The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston

Should This Sermon Make You Happy?

Psalm 30

6th Sunday after Epiphany - Year B

November 04, 2012

The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston (PCUSA)

Why do people go to church?  Why do they embrace religion?  Why do they listen to religious radio programs?

One of the common answers to these questions goes like this: "People are looking for something uplifting--something that will help them make it through another week."  My father put it this way, "The work week beats you down, so Sunday should lift you up.  Life is hard.  Faith is like a shot of adrenaline.  It gets you through!"

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A Life of Joy

The Rev. Peter Wallace

You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore. —Psalm 16:11
The Rev. David Lewicki Transcript

January 01, 2012

Joy Comes in the Evening

The Rev. David Lewicki (PCUSA)

The story of Anna and Simeon greeting the infant Jesus in the temple gives us insights on joy. And whether we are young or aged, we have much to learn from each other about the joy of God.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Transcript

December 11, 2011

The Hand of God on the Shoulder of a Troubled World

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

For Advent 3, the Rev. Dr. Ken Carter shares a theme woven through the texts for today: the theme of joy in the good news of the coming of Jesus Christ.
The Rev. John Gunn


The Rev. John Gunn (other)

This episode of Be Still and Know addresses depression and dour mood. Perhaps we can't keep away the blues, but we don't have to yield to them. If we will look for them and use them, there are always remedies for curing our worried spirits and getting rid of our blues.

The Rev. John Gunn

Our Sense of Wonder

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

This episode of Be Still and Know revels in the wonders of the world. "One is something less than human", writes The Rev. John R. Gunn, "if these wonders do not provoke one to wonder."

The Rev. John Gunn

A Saintly Life

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

This episode of Be Still and Know discusses the modern perspective on sainthood and how it often differs from God's expectation of saintly living. The Rev. John R Gunn writes, "A saintly life demands nothing that is not harmonious with successful business life. A man can handle large sums of money and be absolutely free from the taint of the love of money."

The Rev. Gerald Williams Transcript

August 22, 2010

Irrational Exuberance

The Rev. Gerald Williams, Jr. (UMC)

At the core of the Christian faith, says the Rev. Jay Williams, is an irrational exuberance--a sense of profound goodness that defies human cognition. There is good news even in the shadow of the cross.

Conversation with Eugenia Gamble - 30 Good Minutes Interview

The Rev. Eugenia Gamble (PCUSA)

Hosts Daniel Pawlus and Lydia Talbot in conversation with Eugenia Gamble who says God offers us a joy not rooted in our particular circumstance, but grounded in our great circumstance. For believers, no end is ever a final end. The pain we experience is shared by Jesus.