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The Rev. Dr. Bill J. Leonard

Pursuing the Prophetic

John 1:29-42

2nd Sunday after Epiphany - Year A

January 16, 2011

The Rev. Dr. Bill Leonard (CBF)

John the Baptizer scares me, always has.  He is so prophetic, a formidable presence from the beginning, kicking to high heaven in his mama's belly when the pregnant virgin Mary comes to visit, celebrating the embryonic presence of cousin Jesus before either of them entered the world.  Indeed, John's mother, Elizabeth, says to Jesus' mother, Mary: "For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy." (Luke 1:44). John was prophetic even in utero.  

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

Ministry on the Move

Mark 6:14-29

Proper 10 - Year B

July 16, 2006

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

"And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them."

A much annoyed parishioner once told me, "I'm tired of hearing that saying, 'God is good all the time and all the time God is good.'" And this was at the height of that slogan's popularity, and it dawned on me that it did not matter who was tired of hearing it-God never tires of doing it-God is good all the time. Good comes in many shapes and sizes. Even when it does not feel good, good is good. Perhaps it is why the apostle Paul said in Galatians that we must not get weary in doing good; some translations say good doing. Why? Because not everybody appreciates good doing-especially when it interrupts what's good to them. Especially when good reveals their bad or as they say where I come from, "when the good names their demon," or "when the good calls their baby ugly."

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