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The Rev. Dr. Becca Stevens

Becca Stevens: Loving Our Enemies Is Our Saving Grace

Luke 6:27-38

7th Sunday after Epiphany - Year C

February 24, 2019

The Rev. Dr. Becca Stevens (TEC)


Walking through the woods in winter, it is easy to spot mistletoe. It sits in splendor on lofty branches high in an elm's canopy. After all the leaves have fallen and the woods have turned to grey, the mistletoe offers white berries and shiny green leaves like a Siren's song to those wandering beneath her. It is no wonder that all kinds of myths and legends have been written about mistletoe. Mysterious and vulnerable, she hovers above in glory offering plenty of room for those of us below her to judge her - both for her beauty and her poison. People have shot mistletoe down with BB guns and climbed dangerously high just to capture her twigs. Bound in ribbon and tied under a doorway, she emboldens those who stand beneath her to await a kiss. One legend declares that the dangerous fruit of mistletoe was used to poison the arrow of an enemy of the goddess of love in order to kill her son. Weeping tears on the deadly arrow, the goddess cast a spell over mistletoe promising all who passed beneath her to be given a kiss.

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The Rev. Mark Larson

Mark Larson: We Deserve to Weep

Luke 6:17-26

6th Sunday after Epiphany - Year C

February 17, 2019

The Rev. Mark Larson (ELCA)


"I deserve to weep."

My father and I were standing in a parking lot on a Thursday afternoon, after a funeral. The previous Monday, I'd received a phone call from the pastor of the church where my father had served for over twenty years, the church where I grew up. She had thoughtfully called to let us know about the death of one the members of that congregation. Calling him a "member" was an understatement. "Pillar" would be a more appropriate description. You know, the kind of person you always think will be there, whose fingerprints are on every square inch of that building and that ministry.

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The Rev. Sarah Jackson Shelton (CBF)

The Rev. Sarah Shelton calls us to a willingness not to be afraid, to be bigger than those painful defining words that sound off in our heads and hearts, and to answer the nudge of God with “Here am I, send me.” It’s only in answering yes to God that we find the negative voices go silent.
The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard Transcript

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The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard (PCUSA)

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The Rev. Dr. Tony Sundermeier Transcript

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The Rev. Dr. Tony Sundermeier (PCUSA)

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The Very Rev. Dr. Christoph Keller III Transcript

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Christoph Keller III: Water into Wine

The Rev. Dr. Christoph Keller, III (TEC)

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The Rev. Dr. Sally Haynes Transcript

January 13, 2019

Sally Haynes: Swimming with Jellyfish

The Rev. Dr. Sally Haynes (UMC)

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The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long Transcript

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The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long (PCUSA)

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Ernest Brooks III: Disruptions, Detours, and Discernment

The Rev. Ernest Brooks (other)

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The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston Transcript

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Scott Black Johnston: Christmas at John's House

The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston (PCUSA)

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