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The Rev. Dr. Camille Cook Murray

Camille Cook Murray: A Message for My Brothers

Luke 16:19-31

4th Sunday after Epiphany - Year A

January 29, 2017

The Rev. Dr. Camille Cook Murray (PCUSA)


It was my first day as a parent at a Georgetown toddler's playgroup. We had done playtime, snack time, circle time and now it was playground time. I started talking to a mother whose daughter was about the same age as mine. Within a few minutes of talking to her, she started to complain to me about how stressful her life was right now. Stressful not because of work demands, toddler sleep issues, or health concerns. No, stress because she just had too many houses. Eight houses, to be exact!

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The Rev. Dr. Chris Tuttle

Blindness and a Vision of Community

Luke 16:19-31

19th Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

September 29, 2013

The Rev. Dr. Chris Tuttle (PCUSA)


Somehow, interestingly, this parable often shows up here in the fall, when many of us preachers are navigating our way through stewardship season.  We want to speak of the joy of seeing your gifts shared with others in a way that changes things.

But we're also stuck.  We preachers have a budget to raise, our own salary included.  Some of this money goes out to organizations that feed and clothe and house, that are on the ground with hurting people in ways our churches hope to be yet so seldom are.  But these are anxious times.  Regardless of glimmers of hope amongst economic indicators, we don't feel free.  Folks in our pews are still worried about their jobs.  Too many churches, even good, strong churches, are hedging bets as they build the budget, asking those who run programs to run them on less, neglecting raises for staff, again, letting the budget anxiety nudge them into making decisions that lead to more keeping, more hoarding, less giving.  We don't feel free.

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The Rev. Ian Punnett Transcript

September 22, 2013

Jesus' Weirdest Parable?

The Rev. Ian Punnett (TEC)

The Rev. Ian Punnett helps us understand one of Jesus' most shocking stories--the parable of the dishonest steward in Luke 16:1-13--and sheds light on God's expectations on us about our money.
The Rev. Dr. Wiley Stephens Transcript

October 14, 2012

Sticker Shock for the Soul

The Rev. Dr. Wiley Stephens (UMC)

The Rev. Dr. Wiley Stephens explores Jesus' encounter with a wealthy man in Mark 10:17-27, and encourages us, "Don't go to God in prayer and not expect a challenge, a push to grow or a change in your faith journey."
The Rev. John Gunn

Too Polite

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R. Gunn tells us of his experience as a guest in the home of two families -- one prosperous, one not -- and how love is the most important ingredient in happiness.

The Rev. John Gunn

What Is He Worth

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

"Certainly, we should not decry men of wealth," writes The Rev. John Gunn. "Many of our money kings have been men of kingly character and have administered their wealth for the common good, but the mere fact that a man has accumulated a pile of money, does not afford a true rating of his worth."

The Rev. John Gunn

Acquisition of Things

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

This episode of Be Still and Know discusses wealth. "Christ does not ask a renunciation of all things material", writes The Rev. John R. Gunn, "but Christ does want to free us from the tyranny of things."

The Rev. John Gunn

Captive Children

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

This episode of Be Still and Know is about prisoners: of affliction, of abuse, of unfulfilled ambitions, of poverty and of racial prejudice. The Rev. John R. Gunn writes that, "And strange as it may seem, there are also prisoners of prosperity."

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad Transcript

June 20, 2010

Closing the Great Chasm: Faith & Global Hunger Part 2

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

In part 2 of our special series, "Faith & Global Hunger," Lutheran pastor and professor of preaching the Rev. Dr. Barbara Lundblad explores the biblical foundation for the call of God to help those in poverty.
The Rev. John Gunn

True Riches

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R Gunn speaks of wisdom obtainable by all. "It is in the act of turning to God that wisdom begins. Then, you take the first wise step. And it is in letting Him lead your faltering steps that you will win understanding of yourself, your fellow man and of God."