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The Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr.

Russ Levenson: Living Happily Ever After

Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Matthew 5:21-37

6th Sunday after Epiphany - Year A

February 12, 2017

The Rev. Dr. Russell Levenson, Jr. (TEC)

The humorist Judith Viorst shares in her book How Did I Get to be Forty and Other Atrocities--she writes:

I've finished six pillows in Needlepoint,

And I'm reading Jane Austen and Kant,

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The Rev. Dr. Jim Somerville

Jim Somerville: God's Crazy, Mixed-Up Family

Hosea 1:2-10

10th Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

July 24, 2016

The Rev. Dr. James Somerville (CBF)

For several years when I was a young pastor, I taught a fifth and sixth-grade Sunday School class, and I would often ask my students if they knew what a covenant was. "A covenant is a promise," they would answer, in unison--those kids had been well taught! "Just any kind of promise?" I would ask. "No, a special kind of promise," they would answer. "Can you give me an example?" I would ask. "Like a wedding," they would answer.

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The Rev. Dr. Jim Somerville Transcript

June 12, 2016

How to Get Exactly What You Want

The Rev. Dr. James Somerville (CBF)

In his sermon on 1 Kings 21, Dr. Jim Somerville says Elijah really lets Ahab have it with the word of God, who has rules about the proper use of power, about protecting the rights of the weak, and about justice. So it’s not hard to get exactly what you want, what’s hard is giving God exactly what God wants.
The Rev. Alan Sherouse Transcript

May 08, 2016

Walking Downhill

The Rev. Alan Sherouse (CBF)

In his sermon for Ascension Sunday, the Rev. Alan Sherouse notes that after gazing at Christ ascending to heaven, the disciples had to walk back down to the real world, where Jesus beckons all of us to live and serve others as well. It's not an easy walk, but it's worth it.
The Rev. Peter W. Marty Transcript

April 10, 2016

Two of the Sweetest Words Ever Spoken

The Rev. Peter Marty (ELCA)

The most fundamental claim of our faith, says Peter Marty, is that God always makes the first move in seeking us out, as God did Saul. And in Ananias' visit at God's commend to see this murderer of early Christians, we see God's grace at work.

The Rev. Dr. Wiley Stephens Transcript

March 09, 2014

Who Is in Charge?

The Rev. Dr. Wiley Stephens (UMC)

In his sermon for the 1st Sunday in Lent, Dr. Wiley Stephens compares the stories of Adam and Eve and Jesus in the wilderness, encouraging us to let God be in charge of our lives in the face of temptation.
The Rev. Susan Sparks Transcript

February 16, 2014

L'Chaim, and Don't Mess It Up!

The Rev. Susan Sparks (ABCUSA)

Susan Sparks unpacks Moses' sermon to the Israelites as they prepared to enter the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 30:15-20), summing up his blessings and curses with "L'chaim, and Don't Mess It Up!"
The Rev. Brian Erickson Transcript

February 17, 2013

Dress Rehearsal in the Desert

The Rev. Brian Erickson (UMC)

In his sermon for the first Sunday in Lent, the Rev. Brian Erickson guides us into the wilderness, where we can learn from Jesus about how to deal with our own temptations.
The Rev. Pam Driesell Transcript

April 17, 2011

The Whole Story

The Rev. Pam Driesell (PCUSA)

The Rev. Pam Driesell explores Paul's hymn to Christ's humility (Phil 2:5-11). "The mind of Christ was not to seek suffering for suffering's sake. It was not to accept injustice as a passive bystander. It was not to turn a blind eye to victims of disaster, disease, or oppression. It was to take up the suffering that would lead to new life.
The Rev. Dr. Stephen Hayner Transcript

June 06, 2010

Turning Points

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Hayner (PCUSA)

Columbia Theological Seminary president the Rev. Dr. Steve Hayner probes a "minor miracle" of Elijah and finds that, when we are willing to trust God, the smallest, most ordinary choices can produce the most life-changing, history-making results.