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The Rev. Robert H. Naylor

Jesus Says Everything Is Small Stuff, Except...

Luke 20:27-38

25th Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

November 10, 2013

The Rev. Robert Naylor (UCC)

An important discussion was taking place in the mid-priced hotel just five blocks from the church.  It wasn't so much a deep theological discussion about atonement through Christ's sacrifice on the cross.  It wasn't about the level of poverty in the inner-cities of our nation or the poor high school graduation rates of at-risk youth.  It was about socks or no socks!  That's right!  The clothing we wear next to our feet that keeps our skin from touching our shoes.  It was an animated discussion.  It was the Sunday of my call sermon to what would become my new Connecticut parish that I would serve as its Senior Minister.  Along with the worship leadership I had been asked to attend a coffee--a get-acquainted time, an hour and a half prior to the worship service.  The lively discussion was over whether two children--then in their pre-teens--would wear socks with their blue shirts, their ties, their blazers, their tan slacks, and their loafers.  It was all the fad--regardless of the season--to go sockless.  Since I believed good first impressions are made with socks--I was wearing them--therefore I thought it was even more important that my sons, in spite of their charming personalities, should also wear socks.  My wife was the mediator.  There became two options:  wear shocks and not go to the coffee hour before worship or wear no socks and go to both the welcoming coffee and the worship service. They attended both events wearing no socks and, believe it or not, I still got the job. I had raised my blood pressure unnecessarily and made the family less enthusiastic about attending the coffee.  I made small stuff big stuff!

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The Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon

Why Jesus? Part 4: Jesus the Home Wrecker

Mark 3:31-35

Proper 5 (10) - Year B

October 24, 2010

The Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon (UMC)

"Your mother and your brothers are outside waiting on you, calling for you," one of the disciples said to Jesus. 

"Who is my mother and who are my brothers?" Jesus replied. "Any one who does my will, anybody who gets on board with my movement, that's my family," said Jesus. 

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