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The Rev. Dr. Gary Charles


Matthew 16:13-20

14th Sunday after Pentecost

August 21, 2005

The Rev. Dr. Gary Charles (PCUSA)

One reality of serving an urban church is hauling around keys and lots of them. Keys for the iron gate intended to protect the property from vandalism and from becoming a public bathroom for the homeless. Keys for the front door that stays locked to keep those on crack from cracking their way inside. Keys for the sacristry where the church stores its family silver. Keys for interior doors to guard us from unwelcome visits from straying guests to our outreach center. Keys to the elevator that is the sole passageway to our Central Night Shelter. Keys hidden in strategic places throughout the church for those times when Caroline, my colleague, comes running up, asking frantically, "Have you seen my keys?"

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The Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon

Go for the Gold

Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52

10th Sunday After Pentecost

July 24, 2005

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

"The Kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes sells all that he has and buys that field." (Matt. 13:44-46)

The kingdom of God, says Jesus, is like a man who, while plowing a field, hears his plow hit something, so he bends down, scoops away the dirt, and there finds buried treasure. He quickly covers up the treasure, leaves his plowing, runs to the bankers, sells everything he's got, and then goes back to the owner of the field and asks, "Ummm, how much would you like for that rocky, worthless, barren field out there? Call me crazy, but I'd like to buy it."

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