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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

Skills and Gills

1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14

12th Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

August 16, 2015

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

It was, and perhaps still is, the most perfect prayer I have ever heard. And it came out of the mouth of a six year-old boy. His mother told me about it soon after it happened. They were at a local swimming pool and her son was standing at the deep end, his toes curled over the edge. Still unsure of himself in the water, he stood there for what seemed to her like a very long time. Hesitating. Meditating. Palpitating. And just when it seemed that he was going to back away from the edge, he looked up to the sky, put his hands together, and said: "O Lord, give me skills or GIVE ME GILLS!" And he jumped.

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