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The Rev. Jason Micheli

Jason Micheli: God Is the Bigger Elvis

Colossians 2:6-15

7th Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

July 28, 2019

The Rev. Jason Micheli (UMC)


Today's passage begins the heart of the apostle Paul's argument in his letter to the Colossians, and it's a passage that begs an obvious and inescapable question.

Not - "Why are there so few praise songs about circumcision?"

That's not the question.

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The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr.

Ozzie Smith Jr.: When Jesus Comes Home

Mark 3:20-35

3rd Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

June 10, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)


Several summers ago while on vacation, I purchased a small white wooden sign from a gift shop that read, "Friends welcome, relatives by appointment only." That sign arrested my attention while also stating an oft-unspoken truth. Friends are sometimes easier to deal with than family.

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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.

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February 12, 2017

Russ Levenson: Living Happily Ever After

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

The Rev. Russ Levenson explains that in Deuteronomy, Moses tries to beat a bit of truth into stubborn heads, essentially saying 'you are not going to find your way to happiness by ignoring the one who created the concept—happiness and life are only found in following him.' For Jesus, to be righteous means being in a right relationship with God, and that kind of relationship bears the fruit of right actions, not the other way around.
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The Rev. Dr. James Somerville (CBF)

Dr. Jim Somerville returns with another fresh retelling of an Old Testament story--this time, the story of the prophet Hosea, who illustrates God's faithfulness despite Israel's scandalous unfaithfulness.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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!"