2nd Sunday after Epiphany - Year A
January 15, 2017
The Rev. Dr. Martin Marty
"Epiphany." We celebrate a holiday with that name on January 6; and since this is the Second Sunday after Epiphany, we are getting used to the word, or if it is familiar, we are refreshing our understanding of it. We can't say that "Epiphany" is much used and heard outside of church, although now and then an excited writer or actor will reveal that he or she experienced an "epiphany." If we spend a moment discussing it, we are not wasting time, as if with an idle scholarly diversion. No, it helps us to crack open today's crowded and rich text from the Gospel of John and, along with that, to ponder the decisive turn in Christian history and Christian faith signaled by "Epiphany." We might simply have passed the word by, noting it the way we see a notice on a church bulletin board outside a sanctuary. But now we are, as it were, invited in to ponder it and let what the word means stand a chance of changing our lives.
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11th Sunday after Pentecost - Year C
July 31, 2016
The Very Rev. Samuel G. Candler
How amazing it is that the Book of Ecclesiastes is even in the Bible. It is a dark and skeptical book, known primarily for its despair that anything worthwhile can ever come of our earthly strivings. "Vanity, vanity, all is vanity," it begins, and it does not let up. Everything is futile. There was a time when the Jewish rabbis were against including it in Holy Scripture.
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May 24, 2015
The Rev. Dr. Scott Kenefake
In his sermon, Scott Kenefake says the Day of Pentecost marks the creation of a new kind of community in the church, as a once timid, frightened, and discouraged group of Jesus’ followers, his disciples, become forceful, confident, unified advocates for their experience of the risen Christ.
May 11, 2014
In her sermon for the FTE "Inspiring Young Leaders to Shape the Future" series, Laura Truman--a student at Candler School of Theology--explores the life and ministry of the early church in Acts 2, and helps us envision where the church is moving.
May 19, 2013
The Rev. Dr. Hal Brady
In his stirring sermon for Pentecost Sunday, the Rev. Dr. Hal Brady reveals that sometimes we get so involved with the mysterious details of the coming of the Holy Spirit, that we miss the greater meaning--the Jesus is forever present with us, and the church community is empowered to serve.
March 27, 2011
The Rev. Dr. David Sapp
Dr. David Sapp shows us that Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4 reveals that we all desire to be known and loved--and Jesus offers that freely to each of us.