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The Rev. B. J. Hutto

B.J. Hutto: On Being Philip

John 12:20-36

5th Sunday in Lent - Year B

March 18, 2018

The Rev. B. J. Hutto (ABCUSA)


Today we need to start out by talking about Philip. Not Philip the Apostle - we'll get to him in a minute - but that great conquering hero, Philip of Macedon. When he was made king in the 4th century B. C., Philip took the beleaguered and bedraggled Macedonians, and he carved an empire for them out of the Greek world that his son, Alexander the Great, would expand east and west from India to Egypt. Philip and Alexander created the imperial footprint on which the Romans would later build their own empire. Philip and Alexander created the Hellenistic world - the Greek world - that Jesus was born into. Philip and Alexander were conquering heroes - they were people who redeemed the world for their followers - and so it's no wonder that in the centuries after they ruled, people and places would be given their names. This is why Paul wrote one of his letters to a group of Christians known as Philippians. This is why Jesus could travel to a region of Galilee known as Caesarea Philippi.[i] This is why, to arrive at today's text, there were people in Israel who bore that unmistakably Greek name, "Philip."

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The Very Rev. Allen Pruitt

Allen Pruitt: There Is Enough

Numbers 21:4-9

4th Sunday in Lent - Year B

March 11, 2018

The Very Rev. Allen Pruitt (TEC)


Endless complaining. It starts from the very beginning and it never seems to end. Here we are in the book of Numbers, near enough to the promised land that we might expect the Israelites to have pulled themselves together, figured out how to live, or at least to have discontinued their relentless complaint. No. That's not how we work, is it? That's not how we're built. For us the grass is always greener; the whole garden is never enough, not when there's one tree smack in the middle that we aren't allowed to touch.

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The Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann Transcript

March 04, 2018

Walter Brueggemann: Strategies for Staying Emancipated

The Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann (UCC)

The Ten Commandments are given, Walter Brueggemann says, by the liberating God who opposes and defeats Pharaoh’s system of exploitation, and who delivers Israel from that brutalizing economy. It is an affirmation that the world--our lives--are under new governance, a new regime, and the Ten Commandments are rules for this new life of freedom and justice. If the Israelites, and we, don’t follow them, we are susceptible to falling back into Pharaoh’s domain. So he calls the commandments 'strategies for staying emancipated.'
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February 25, 2018

Kate Moorehead: Self Give-Away

The Very Rev. Kate Moorehead (TEC)

In her sermon for the 2nd Sunday in Lent, Dean Kate Moorehead says Jesus offers another model for devotion: give your life away, hand it over to God, lose yourself and you will find yourself. Take up your cross and in following Christ you will find out who you really are, you said. This is hard to do...
The Rev. Gordon Stewart Transcript

February 18, 2018

Gordon Stewart: He Was With the Wild Beasts

The Rev. Gordon Stewart (PCUSA)

In his sermon for the first Sunday in Lent, the Rev. Gordon Stuart says Mark’s account of Jesus’ wilderness retreat simply says Jesus 'was with the wild beasts, and angels ministered to him.' We can draw both comfort and challenge from that, because we all face times when the beasts of life are all too real, when faith falters, when despair gnaws at us, and hopelessness nearly destroys our sense of well being.
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February 11, 2018

Cuttino Alexander: The Happiest Place on Earth

The Rev. Cuttino Alexander (ELCA)

In his sermon for Transfiguration Sunday, the Rev. Cuttino Alexander explains that the word “transfiguration” means to elevate something and make it more beautiful, make it shine. And that’s what happened on the mountaintop with Jesus, and Peter, James, and John. But after those moments in life we’re back at the bottom of the mountain, smack dab in real life.
The Rev. Dr. Stephen H. Cook Transcript

March 12, 2017

Stephen Cook: On Beyond

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Cook (CBF)

In his sermon for the 2nd Sunday in Lent, Dr. Stephen Cook says God is forever calling us--as God did Abraham and Sarah--to keep going on beyond, beyond the truth we think we know, the places we never dreamed of being, the opportunities to minister we never considered.

The Rev. Dr. Stephen H. Cook Transcript

March 05, 2017

Stephen Cook: Wilderness Time

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Cook (CBF)

In his sermon for the first Sunday in Lent, Dr. Stephen Cook suggests that Jesus had to die first before we could have the resurrection celebration. And if we’re going to be serious about following Jesus, then we had best be ready to go some places we might not otherwise choose on our own.
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The Rev. Dr. Blair Monie (PCUSA)

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The Rev. Dr. Dock Hollingsworth Transcript

March 06, 2016

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The Rev. Dr. Dock Hollingsworth (CBF)

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