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The Rev. Joe Evans

Joe Evans: When Israel Was a Child

Hosea 11:1-11

21st Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

October 14, 2018

The Rev. Joseph Evans (PCUSA)


You know, some relationships end - and some seem to end more easily than others.

I was in 6th grade and I had a girlfriend. Her name was Katherine and we really made our relationship official when at the end of our 5th Grade year we couple skated holding hands at the local skating rink. Unfortunately, then we went on to 6th grade, that was middle school and in middle school things were different. There was this guy there named Ben and he gelled his hair and before I knew it I was climbing into the school bus when one of Katherine's friends ran up and told me that Katherine would be breaking up with me because Katherine was now going with Ben. It seems to me that after you've couple skated with someone the decent thing to do is to at least break up with them face-to-face, but Katherine didn't see it that way and just like that the relationship was over.

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The Very Rev. Dr. Michael Battle

Michael Battle: God's Kind of Apocalypse

Matthew 21:33-46

18th Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

October 08, 2017

The Very Rev. Dr. Michael Battle (TEC)


If you asked a Christian -- How does God change evil into good? -- you would probably get as many answers as you would the number of Christians asked. Even more complicated is that you would hear apocalyptic answers like God using (or allowing) violence to change evil into good. Some would even interpret today's parable that way.

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The Rev. Carol Howard Merritt (PCUSA)

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The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston (PCUSA)

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The Rev. Dr. Wiley Stephens (UMC)

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The Rev. Dr. Wiley Stephens (UMC)

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Street Preaching

The Rev. Dr. Davis Chappell (UMC)

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The Rev. Dr. Thomas Lane Butts (UMC)

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

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