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The Rev. Rob Lee

Rob Lee: Nevertheless, She Persisted

Matthew 15:21-28

11th Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

August 20, 2017

The Rev. Robert Lee (UCC)

 

I am surrounded by strong and empowered women. My grandmother was president of the North Carolina Garden Club and has mingled with the likes of British royalty. My mom has her doctorate in nursing practice and my wife Stephanie is a force to be reckoned with in her own right. One of my closest friends is a woman named Palmer, who I'm certain be bishop as soon as she's out of seminary. All these women have shown me that while I may not always fully understand the persistence that women have to have in a patriarchal world, I can nonetheless appreciate and learn from it. The persistence of women through the ages in spite of men getting in the way is no surprise to me in today's Gospel text. What is surprising to me is Jesus' initial response to the persistent and empowered Canaanite woman in our narrative today.

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The Rev. Dr. Monty Knight

Monty Knight: The Sacred Sound of Silence

1 Kings 19:9-12

10th Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

August 13, 2017

The Rev. Dr. Monty Knight (CC(DC))

 

In the 19th Chapter of I Kings, the ancient Hebrew prophet, Elijah, is having a proverbial "nervous breakdown." He's depressed. So depressed, in fact, he wants to die. "It is enough," Elijah wails, "O Lord, now take away my life." (v.4) Perhaps you've heard this plaintive lament sung by the baritone soloist in the oratorio by Felix Mendelsohn, a marvelous musical composition that bears Elijah's name.

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Barbara Lundblad: Who Will Feed Them? You.

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

In the second of a two-part update to the Day1 Faith & Global Hunger series, Barbara Lundblad says the feeding of the 5,000 is a powerful story in a number of ways. The disciples offered a thoughtful, even compassionate idea for making sure all the people had something to eat. But Jesus had another idea.
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July 30, 2017

David Beckmann: How God Can Use Us to End Hunger

The Rev. David Beckmann (ELCA)

In the first of a two-part update to the Day1 Faith & Global Hunger series, David Beckmann says God uses little things to do big things. And so it is possible to end hunger in our country and around the world. But the church must get to work.
The Rev. Susannah Davis Transcript

July 23, 2017

Susannah Davis: To Weed or Not to Weed

The Rev. Susannah Davis (UCC)

Jesus explains in his parable of the weeds and wheat that we live in a world of both the good and the bad, and it can be frustrating. We've all got weeds in us, and thankfully we have some wheat in us too, all intertwined and growing together, connected to one another, in the soil of God's heart and love, in this world where, for now, we are planted.
The Rev. Joe Evans Transcript

July 16, 2017

Joe Evans: More Than a Moral Lesson

The Rev. Joseph Evans (PCUSA)

We Christians know all about stories with morals, says the Rev. Joe Evans. But the story in Genesis 25 messes that up. Neither Esau nor Jacob is blameless. But the real lesson they give us is that we, like they, do not belong to our pasts, our great failures, our tragic disappointments, or foolhardy choices. For we belong to Christ.
The Rev. Joe Evans Transcript

July 09, 2017

Joe Evans: The Invitation

The Rev. Joseph Evans (PCUSA)

There is a major difference between the two men described in 2 Samuel 11 and Song of Solomon 2: the gallant young lover, and King David, who uses his power in evil ways. Love is initiated by an invitation, an offer that in the hands of the invitee is a choice. It's risky, but that's how it's supposed to work.
The Rev. Dr. Kenyatta Gilbert Transcript

July 02, 2017

Kenyatta Gilbert: Pinocchio Prophecy

The Rev. Dr. Kenyatta Gilbert (other)

The beloved story of Pinocchio sheds light on an important reality, says Dr. Kenyatta Gilbert: If you tell lies, you will find yourself bereft of moral integrity. This is true for persons in ministry leadership--the temptation to succeed at any costs is very real. This is also true for all believers in any walk of life.
The Rev. Robin Wilson Transcript

June 25, 2017

Robin Wilson: Rise Up

The Rev. Robin Wilson (UMC)

The Rev. Robin Wilson likens Jesus' words to his disciples in Matthew 10 to Alexander Hamilton's energizing encouragement to his fellow revolutionaries from the stage musical, "Hamilton," calling them to rise up, to act for that which is most important to them. In the same way, Jesus was honest with his followers about the potential costs of following him--but tells them not to be afraid.
The Rev. Robin Wilson Transcript

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Robin Wilson: The Future Harvest

The Rev. Robin Wilson (UMC)

The willingness of the first disciples to take a risk reminds us that we too can risk ourselves to look upon others without fear, and with love and compassion, says the Rev. Robin Wilson. Those first harvesters remind us that modern-day disciples are also sent to go into the fields and work.