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The Rev. Maxwell Grant

Maxwell Grant: "Precarious Wisdom"

1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14

13th Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

August 19, 2018

The Rev. Maxwell Grant (UCC)


Let me begin by admitting that it's a little bit of a tall order for a preacher to try saying something new about "wisdom."

There's a certain school of thought that says, if it's new, well then by definition, it can't be wisdom. Wisdom is timeless - the very opposite of new. It isn't simply that wisdom "offers perspective," wisdom is perspective. It's an animating power in its own right. It's not a particular set of facts - if you just learn this or that, well then there you go: you've got wisdom. Wisdom is more like a way of knowing.

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The Rev. Ernest Brooks

Ernest Brooks: It Takes a Village

Luke 2:25-40

1st Sunday after Christmas - Year B

December 31, 2017

The Rev. Ernest Brooks (other)


The Gospel lesson for this first Sunday of the liturgical season of Christmas draws our attention to two elders of Jesus' village: Simeon and Anna. They are the wise ones, the Griots, the prophets, the sages, the keepers of the gate, the mediums who serve as the connective tissue between the unrealized hopes and dreams of yesterday, the blessings and challenges of today and the promises for a brighter tomorrow. These are the persons who spoke over and into the Jesus' life by recognizing and affirming the life-altering and world changing anointing that gave definition to his very being, even in birth and infancy. They represent the village elders who blessed and affirmed both Mary and Joseph while also preparing them for the unique blessings and challenges that would come with the sacred responsibility of raising the Christ child - the long hoped-for Messiah as described by the prophet Isaiah who would come, not only to restore Israel, but to serve as the savior of the world.

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