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The Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr.

Russ Levenson: How Do You Love Thee?

Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18; Matthew 5:38-48

7th Sunday after Epiphany - Year A

February 19, 2017

The Rev. Dr. Russell Levenson, Jr. (TEC)


Like many clergy; my work entails working with people of all ages--that often includes children--even young children. We have a pre-school at St. Martin's in Houston where I serve. I make an effort to roam the halls at least once a week or so. All kind of interesting things happen to me during these encounters--sometimes a smile, sometimes an unsolicited hug and often a question or two. Not too long ago, I was walking down the hall and I was stopped by one of our little ones--a small tyke, not yet old enough to read. She pointed at me and said, "Father Levenson...why do you dress so funny?"

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The Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr.

Russ Levenson: Living Happily Ever After

Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Matthew 5:21-37

6th Sunday after Epiphany - Year A

February 12, 2017

The Rev. Dr. Russell Levenson, Jr. (TEC)

The humorist Judith Viorst shares in her book How Did I Get to be Forty and Other Atrocities--she writes:

I've finished six pillows in Needlepoint,

And I'm reading Jane Austen and Kant,

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The Rev. Scott Hoezee Transcript

February 05, 2017

Scott Hoezee: All Righteousness, All the Time

The Rev. Scott Hoezee (other)

In his sermon, the Rev. Scott Hoezee says we get so used to defining righteousness and the 'Christian way of doing things' to whatever it is we have grown accustomed to that we are no longer open to the surprises God has in store for us. And the heart of God’s law has all along been love.
The Rev. John Gunn Article

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Those Respectable Philistines

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

The Rev. John R. Gunn reflects on the Philistines and how our own vain sense of "respectability" can be the downfall of our society.

The Rev. Gary Manning Transcript

October 25, 2009

Shackles That Won't Shrink!

The Rev. Gary Manning (TEC)

The Rev. Gary Manning, recipient of Virginia Theological Seminary's 2009 John Hines Preaching Award, reflects on God's unmitigated, unmerited, and unrelenting grace--and what it compels us to do in the world.

William Willimon - "What's Right" - 30 Good Minutes

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

United Methodist Bishop, William Willimon, says the Bible's concept of justice is about putting things right in this fallen world. When God's ideas of gracious, generous love clash with our practices of parsimony, we need to recognize that God's ways are not always our ways.
The Rev. Dr. Kimberleigh Buchanan Article

May 15, 2009

A Handful of Mints: Whatever Happened to Right and Wrong?

The Rev. Dr. Kimberleigh Buchanan (UCC)

Looking at two stories, one about a handful of mints, the other about an overdue library book, I explore the questions: Have we lost the ability to tell right from wrong?
The Rev. Geoffrey Hoare Transcript

March 01, 2009


The Rev. Geoffrey Hoare (TEC)

The Rev. Geoffrey Hoare leads us into the season of Lent with a provocative look at Psalm 25, encouraging us to examine and deal with the enemies we face within and without.