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The Rev. Dr. Sam Matthews

A Tough Call on Humility

Luke 14:1,7-14

Pentecost 15 - Year C

September 01, 2013

The Rev. Dr. Sam Matthews (UMC)


Well, whatever Jesus is talking about in this 14th chapter of Luke's account of the Gospel, he's certainly not talking about seating arrangements or etiquette in general.  If that were the case, then we could surely find some verses about four-way stops or cell phones in public.  But the banquet table and seating arrangements happen to be the classroom in which Jesus chooses to teach the lesson for today, so it will serve us well to look at them.

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The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston

Should This Sermon Make You Happy?

Psalm 30

6th Sunday after Epiphany - Year B

November 04, 2012

The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston (PCUSA)

Why do people go to church?  Why do they embrace religion?  Why do they listen to religious radio programs?

One of the common answers to these questions goes like this: "People are looking for something uplifting--something that will help them make it through another week."  My father put it this way, "The work week beats you down, so Sunday should lift you up.  Life is hard.  Faith is like a shot of adrenaline.  It gets you through!"

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This episode of Be Still and Know discusses wealth. "Christ does not ask a renunciation of all things material", writes The Rev. John R. Gunn, "but Christ does want to free us from the tyranny of things."

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This episode of Be Still and Know addresses the topic of money and living beyond one's means. As The Rev. John R. Gunn advises, "Let no one despise it. Just let them learn to use it rightly."

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Go for the Gold

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

Bishop William H. Willimon of the North Alabama Conference preaches a powerful sermon entitled "Go for the Gold" based on Matt. 13:44-46.