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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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The Rev. Dr. Stephen H. Cook

Stephen Cook: On Beyond

Genesis 12:1-9

2nd Sunday in Lent - Year A

March 12, 2017

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Cook (CBF)

 

Indulge me, if you will, before I read from the Good Book as I read from another book. 

Our church sponsors an annual children's camp each summer.  Two years ago our theme was "The Gospel According to Dr. Seuss."  As the camp pastor, I had the privilege of reading up on some of those classic stories from the pen of the great Theodore Seuss Geisel. It was to prepare for our nightly worship services at camp.

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

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.
The Rev. Dr. Jim Somerville Transcript

July 24, 2016

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

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.
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.