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The Rev. Dr. Noel Schoonmaker

Noel Schoonmaker: Doers of the Word

James 1:22-27

15th Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

September 02, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Noel Schoonmaker (CBF)


We Christians talk a big game about the Bible. Some of us say the Bible is "authoritative," or "divinely inspired," or "infallible." Some Christians say they believe every word of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. I heard about one preacher who said he believes the whole Bible from Genesis to maps - as in the maps of ancient lands included in the back of his Bible.

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The Rev. Eric C. Shafer

Eric Shafer: You're Gonna Have to Serve Somebody

Matthew 22:15-22

20th Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

October 22, 2017

The Rev. Eric Shafer (ELCA)


Reading this week's Gospel lesson from St. Matthew, I kept hearing Bob Dylan's song, "Gotta Serve Somebody," in my head:

You may be an ambassador to England or France,

You may like to gamble, you might like to dance,

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The Rev. Dr. Camille Cook Murray Transcript

January 29, 2017

Camille Cook Murray: A Message for My Brothers

The Rev. Dr. Camille Cook Murray (PCUSA)

Dr. Camille Cook Murray notes that the rich man in Jesus' parable caught 'affluenza,' a sickness caused by having too much. It can cause blindness, lack of sensitivity, and numbness in the heart. We see a number of cases of this disease in our own culture--and even those of us who aren’t all that wealthy may still turn a blind eye to someone in need.

The Rev. Dr. Chris Tuttle Transcript

October 06, 2013

"Lord Jesus, Give Us a Sticker!"

The Rev. Dr. Chris Tuttle (PCUSA)

In response to his disciples' request to increase their faith, Jesus talks about the ramifications of possessing faith the size of a mustard seed. In his sermon, Dr. Chris Tuttle shows us just what that means in our lives.
The Rev. Dr. Sam Matthews Transcript

September 01, 2013

A Tough Call on Humility

The Rev. Dr. Sam Matthews (UMC)

In his sermon on Luke 14:1,7-14, Dr. Sam Matthews explores Jesus' teaching on humility, noting that in humility there is obedience, and obedience is its own reward. The hard part, he says, is figuring out to whom we are to be humble, whom we are called to serve.
The Rev. Canon Louis C. Schueddig, D.D. Transcript

May 05, 2013

The Beginning of the End of the Beginning

The Rev. Canon Louis C. Schueddig (TEC)

As we celebrate 30 years of leadership of the Alliance for Christian Media, the Rev. Canon Louis "Skip" Schueddig invites us to accept God's invitation to an adventuresome pilgrimage, to a life lived for others.
Canon Caroline Westerhoff Transcript

October 21, 2012

The Merry-Go-Round

Canon Caroline Westerhoff (TEC)

Caroline Westerhoff helps us wrestle with Jesus' teaching on humility in Mark 10:35-45, which shows us how to live, face to face with each other, and with Jesus.
The Rev. Canon David W. Lovelace Transcript

July 22, 2012

An Invitation You Will Not Want to Refuse

The Rev. Canon David Lovelace (TEC)

In this high-tech world, hearing Jesus' invitation to "come away and rest for a while" is very appealing. The Rev. Canon David Lovelace explains why that is so important and how we can experience more spiritual connectedness with ourselves, others, and the planet.
The Rev. John Gunn

Model Christians?

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

There are a lot of people who faithfully attend Sunday school and Church. They go on Sunday night and to prayer meeting, they put money in the collection plate, their children attend all of the youth meetings and go to Church camp in the summers. They are model Christians.' - if you judge them from the outside. But do they ever do anything to show their faith?

The Rev. John Gunn

Anonymous Greatness

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

This episode of Be Still and Know discusses the unidentified nature of The Good Samaritan and how it relates to our service to God. The Rev. John R Gunn writes, "A single star may seem to give faint light, but countless stars shining in the night sky make it beautiful."