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The Rev. Dr. Stephen H. Cook

Stephen Cook: Wilderness Time

Matthew 4:1-11

1st Sunday in Lent - Year A

March 05, 2017

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Cook (CBF)


Once when I was pastor of a church between youth ministers, I stepped in to lead the young people in that interim season. We were getting close to Easter, and I announced one Sunday night that I had a surprise for them. We were going on a field trip. We loaded the church van and took off.

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The Rev. Dr. Larry Goodpaster

Bishop Larry Goodpaster: Unleashing the Power of Prayer

Luke 18:1-8

22nd Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

October 16, 2016

The Rev. Dr. Larry Goodpaster (UMC)


I have personally struggled with this particular parable about an unjust judge. Every third year as this lectionary text rolls around I immediately feel inspired to look for another. It is, on the surface, a rather bothersome and strange story that challenges us to search not only for a possible meaning and application, but also for any sense of the presence of God. We much prefer cleaner and simpler parables from Jesus, stories that easily fit into our ways of thinking and acting.

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The Rev. Dr. Tim Boggess Transcript

August 16, 2015

Skills and Gills

The Rev. Dr. Timothy T. Boggess (PCUSA)

King Solomon finds himself way in over his head and seeks help from God. As Dr. Tim Boggess explains in this week's sermon, when we realize all that we cannot do, we are in a perfect position to discover all that God can do.
The Rev. Nancy Christensen Transcript

May 17, 2015

Jesus' PDAs for Us

The Rev. Nancy Christensen (ELCA)

In her sermon, Pastor Nancy Christensen says, "By allowing ourselves to communicate freely as Jesus does, we find that the depth of relationship--so evident between Father and Son--is not beyond our grasp. It is a relationship that only our own boundaries and our own barriers can ever prevent."
The Rev. Dr. James Lamkin Transcript

February 08, 2015

When Life Comes At You

The Rev. Dr. James Lamkin (CBF)

Mark describes a hectic itinerary for Jesus, and Dr. James Lamkin says we can all relate to the busy-ness of it. But Jesus carves out time alone with God in the midst of a crazy schedule of activities. We too must keep a balance between contemplation and action, as Jesus did.
The Rev. Joe Evans Transcript

July 27, 2014

We Do Not Know How to Pray

The Rev. Joseph Evans (PCUSA)

The Rev. Joe Evans explores Paul's teaching in Romans 8 and encourages us to consider prayer as the act of giving up on our will and trusting in God's, of relinquishing our limited power while placing all our hope in God's ultimate power.
The Rev. Beth Birkholz Transcript

July 28, 2013

Do It Yourself

The Rev. Beth Birkholz (ELCA)

The Rev. Beth Birkholz guides us through the prayer Jesus taught his disciples in Luke 11:1-13, and encourages us to follow his example in prayer.
The Rev. Thomas L. Brackett Transcript

May 20, 2012

This Prayer That Won't Let Me Go

The Rev. Thomas Brackett (TEC)

The Rev. Tom Brackett reflects on Jesus' prayer for his disciples in John 17, and what he gleans from it regarding the work of Christ in the world today through the church.
The Rev. John Gunn

God's Guidance

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

The Rev John R. Gunn writes, "God has given each one of us a heart, which can pick up the beam of His guidance, if we keep tuned to Him. If we listen to the sound of His voice, we can fly our plane of life safely and not get lost amid the storms and fogs of the world, but there are certain factors which may cause us to lose His voice."

The Rev. Michael Sullivan Transcript

June 05, 2011

An Out-of-Order Lesson Calling Us to a New Day

The Rev. Michael Sullivan (TEC)

The Rev. Michael Sullivan shares the point of Jesus' High Priestly prayer, which as we celebrate Easter and the Ascension comes out of order in the gospel story: That we might realize the faith Christ has in us and in our calling.