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The Rev. Dr. Noel Schoonmaker

Noel Schoonmaker: Faith That Works

James 2:14-17

16th Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

September 09, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Noel Schoonmaker (CBF)


What good is faith without works? What good is doctrine without deeds? What good is Christian belief without Christian behavior? None at all, says James, none at all. He isn't just questioning the usefulness of faith without works; he's questioning the validity of it. "Can this sort of faith save you?" he asks. The implied answer is no. James strikingly suggests that faith without works is not saving faith.

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The Rev. Dr. Charles Reeb

Charley Reeb: The Gospel in Miniature

John 3:16-17

September 11, 2016

The Rev. Dr. Charles Reeb (UMC)


For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.  John 3:16

Martin Luther called this verse, "The gospel in miniature." In just 27 words it sums up the gospel. It has become the "mantra" of our faith.

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The Rev. Dr. David Sapp (CBF)

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The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston (PCUSA)

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