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The Rev. B. J. Hutto

B.J. Hutto: On Being Philip

John 12:20-36

5th Sunday in Lent - Year B

March 18, 2018

The Rev. B. J. Hutto (ABCUSA)


Today we need to start out by talking about Philip. Not Philip the Apostle - we'll get to him in a minute - but that great conquering hero, Philip of Macedon. When he was made king in the 4th century B. C., Philip took the beleaguered and bedraggled Macedonians, and he carved an empire for them out of the Greek world that his son, Alexander the Great, would expand east and west from India to Egypt. Philip and Alexander created the imperial footprint on which the Romans would later build their own empire. Philip and Alexander created the Hellenistic world - the Greek world - that Jesus was born into. Philip and Alexander were conquering heroes - they were people who redeemed the world for their followers - and so it's no wonder that in the centuries after they ruled, people and places would be given their names. This is why Paul wrote one of his letters to a group of Christians known as Philippians. This is why Jesus could travel to a region of Galilee known as Caesarea Philippi.[i] This is why, to arrive at today's text, there were people in Israel who bore that unmistakably Greek name, "Philip."

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The Very Rev. Allen Pruitt

Allen Pruitt: There Is Enough

Numbers 21:4-9

4th Sunday in Lent - Year B

March 11, 2018

The Very Rev. Allen Pruitt (TEC)


Endless complaining. It starts from the very beginning and it never seems to end. Here we are in the book of Numbers, near enough to the promised land that we might expect the Israelites to have pulled themselves together, figured out how to live, or at least to have discontinued their relentless complaint. No. That's not how we work, is it? That's not how we're built. For us the grass is always greener; the whole garden is never enough, not when there's one tree smack in the middle that we aren't allowed to touch.

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The Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann Transcript

March 04, 2018

Walter Brueggemann: Strategies for Staying Emancipated

The Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann (UCC)

The Ten Commandments are given, Walter Brueggemann says, by the liberating God who opposes and defeats Pharaoh’s system of exploitation, and who delivers Israel from that brutalizing economy. It is an affirmation that the world--our lives--are under new governance, a new regime, and the Ten Commandments are rules for this new life of freedom and justice. If the Israelites, and we, don’t follow them, we are susceptible to falling back into Pharaoh’s domain. So he calls the commandments 'strategies for staying emancipated.'
The Very Rev. Kate Moorehead Transcript

February 25, 2018

Kate Moorehead: Self Give-Away

The Very Rev. Kate Moorehead (TEC)

In her sermon for the 2nd Sunday in Lent, Dean Kate Moorehead says Jesus offers another model for devotion: give your life away, hand it over to God, lose yourself and you will find yourself. Take up your cross and in following Christ you will find out who you really are, you said. This is hard to do...
The Rev. Gordon Stewart Transcript

February 18, 2018

Gordon Stewart: He Was With the Wild Beasts

The Rev. Gordon Stewart (PCUSA)

In his sermon for the first Sunday in Lent, the Rev. Gordon Stuart says Mark’s account of Jesus’ wilderness retreat simply says Jesus 'was with the wild beasts, and angels ministered to him.' We can draw both comfort and challenge from that, because we all face times when the beasts of life are all too real, when faith falters, when despair gnaws at us, and hopelessness nearly destroys our sense of well being.
The Rev. Cuttino Alexander Transcript

February 11, 2018

Cuttino Alexander: The Happiest Place on Earth

The Rev. Cuttino Alexander (ELCA)

In his sermon for Transfiguration Sunday, the Rev. Cuttino Alexander explains that the word “transfiguration” means to elevate something and make it more beautiful, make it shine. And that’s what happened on the mountaintop with Jesus, and Peter, James, and John. But after those moments in life we’re back at the bottom of the mountain, smack dab in real life.
The Rev. David Hodges Transcript

February 04, 2018

David Hodges: To Move, To Touch, To Heal

The Rev. David Hodges (TEC)

In Mark 1:20-39, Jesus tells his disciples that he is supposed to proclaim the message. But the Rev. David Hodges says that proclaiming the message means not just telling people what the kingdom of God is, but showing them--by reaching out and touching people who, because of their disease, their behavior, or their demons, were suffering.
The Rev. Dr. Charles Qualls Transcript

January 28, 2018

Charles Qualls: What Is This?

The Rev. Dr. Charles Qualls (CBF)

Dr. Charles Qualls says that the scribes and Pharisees heard Jesus' bold teaching and decided he had to be stopped. But others heard Jesus and opened their hearts and minds, their souls and spirits to the hope they heard in Jesus. “What is this?” they asked.
The Rev. Dr. Charles Qualls Transcript

January 21, 2018

Charles Qualls: Promise or Warning?

The Rev. Dr. Charles Qualls (CBF)

Mark 1:14-20 contains both a promise and a warning, says Dr. Charles Qualls: A promise that God does not extend to us a calling to participate, as this kingdom is ushered in, without also giving us what we’ll need. But Jesus warns that following him would not always be without its difficulties and its costs.
The Rev. Henry Brinton Transcript

January 14, 2018

Henry Brinton: Come and See

The Rev. Henry Brinton (PCUSA)

The Rev. Henry Brinton says we live in a world that is as multicultural as the Galilee of the Gentiles, and our challenge is to create places in which people can come and see Jesus, just as Philip invites Nathanael to come and see. And the best way to do this is to practice Christian hospitality, to welcome people with love and grace, just as Jesus did