Day1 Articles Archive

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Messiah (Acts 3:12-19)

The Rev. Frederick Buechner
Organization: Frederick Buechner Center
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Third Sunday of Easter.  Here is this week’s reading from Acts 3:12-19...

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Dr. Raj Nadella: Preaching Thomas and Embodied Solidarity (John 20:19-29)

Church Anew
Organization: Church Anew - A Ministry of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Eden Prairie, MN
Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

In the story of post-resurrection appearances in John 20, Thomas seems to ask for proof of Jesus’s resurrection. But was he also asking for something else?

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Nathan Kirkpatrick: Greeting our return when the old is gone and the new is here

The Rev. Nathan Kirkpatrick
Organization: Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

Faith & Leadership at Duke Divinity School
Organization: Faith & Leadership at Duke Divinity School
Denomination: United Methodist Church

As we resume in-person ways, churches are uniquely equipped to welcome people back, writes a managing director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.

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Greg Cootsona: In Praise of John Polkinghorne - Science for the Church

The Rev. Dr. Greg Cootsona
Organization: Science for the Church
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

The Rev. Dr. John Polkinghorne, an internationally recognized mathematical physicist who stepped down in his late forties from a Cambridge University professorship to become an Anglican priest, will undoubtedly remain a preeminent voice in faith and science. He died March 9th at age 90.

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Walter Brueggemann: Solidarity that Counts: Second Sunday of Easter (Psalm 133; Acts 4:32-35)

The Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann
Organization: Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA
Denomination: United Church of Christ

Church Anew
Organization: Church Anew - A Ministry of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Eden Prairie, MN
Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Easter is the good news that God’s power for life has defeated death; this is matched by the good news that God’s power intends the defeat of poverty.

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Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Thomas (John 20:19-29)

The Rev. Frederick Buechner
Organization: Frederick Buechner Center
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday, we will celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter. Here is this week’s reading from John 20:19-29...

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Bishop Michael Curry's Easter Message: Hallelujah Anyhow

The Most Rev. Michael Curry
Organization: The Episcopal Church
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

Our work goes on. Our labor for love continues. We will not cease, and we will not give up until this world reflects less our nightmare and more God’s dream where there’s plenty good room for all God’s children. Hallelujah anyhow.

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Drew Rick-Miller: Signs of New Life - Science for the Church

Drew Rick-Miller
Organization: Science for the Church
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

New life, like resurrection, is a theme for Easter and every other Sunday of the year. We proclaim it at baptism, we preach it to motivate folks to come to know Christ as their Lord and Savior, we celebrate it whenever we see it, and we offer it as balm to those facing difficult and dark days.

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Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Easter (Matthew 28:1-10)

The Rev. Frederick Buechner
Organization: Frederick Buechner Center
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

Next Sunday we will celebrate Easter. Here is some commentary by Frederick Buechner from this week’s reading from Matthew 28:1-10...

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Frederick Buechner's Special Sermon Illustration for Good Friday (John 19:28-30)

The Rev. Frederick Buechner
Organization: Frederick Buechner Center
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

On April 2, 2021 we will observe Good Friday. Here is a sermon illustration from Frederick Buechner based on a reading from John 19:28-30...

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Frederick Buechner Special Sermon Illustration for Maundy Thursday: The Lord's Supper

The Rev. Frederick Buechner
Organization: Frederick Buechner Center
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

On April 1, 2021 we will observe Maundy Thursday. Here is a sermon illustration from Frederick Buechner based on 1 Corinthians 11:23-26...

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Drew Rick-Miller: Mangoes from Heaven - Science for the Church

Drew Rick-Miller
Organization: Science for the Church
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

Many conceptions of missionaries focus on the Great Commission, the teaching of the Christian Scriptures and faith, and truth be told, quite a bit of colonialist baggage. Missionaries I have known live out the Great Commission and the Great Commandment by both showing and telling God’s love.

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Dr. Mary Foskett: Invisibility Is No Longer an Option

Church Anew
Organization: Church Anew - A Ministry of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Eden Prairie, MN
Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Many of us have been overwhelmed this week by a lifetime of painful memories and trauma flooding our minds and breaking our hearts.

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Walter Brueggemann: Beyond the Spreadsheet

The Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann
Organization: Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA
Denomination: United Church of Christ

Church Anew
Organization: Church Anew - A Ministry of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Eden Prairie, MN
Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

The linkage between the God of the Gospel and economics is deep, wide, and inescapable. One cannot have the God of the Gospel without the neighborly economy willed by the God of the Gospel.

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Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: The Truth of Stories (Mark 15:2-5, John 18:33-38)

The Rev. Frederick Buechner
Organization: Frederick Buechner Center
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate Palm Sunday. Here is this week’s reading from Mark 15:2-5...

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Jessica Gulseth: A Year Later, Who Are We?

Church Anew
Organization: Church Anew - A Ministry of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Eden Prairie, MN
Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Lately I’ve wondered, after this year, who am I now? What has changed in and around me? Not to spoil the ending here, but I’m going to ask you the same questions. But first, here’s what I’ve been curious about as I reflect on this question.

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Susan Sparks: Just Keep Swinging!

The Rev. Susan Sparks
Organization: Madison Avenue Baptist Church, New York, NY
Denomination: American Baptist Churches USA

If Jesus came back, I think he would return as the late, great Hank Aaron.

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Ellen Raffety: Lenten Hope in a Pandemic

Church Anew
Organization: Church Anew - A Ministry of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Eden Prairie, MN
Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

My point is not just that hope and disability can coexist, but that experiences of pain, uncertainty, and disability cultivate a different, faithful kind of hope that we Christians need.

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Greg Carey: The Bible and Ethics

Dr. Greg Carey
Organization: Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, PA
Denomination: United Church of Christ

Church Anew
Organization: Church Anew - A Ministry of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Eden Prairie, MN
Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Naturally, we Christians turn to the Bible when we have moral questions. Christianity and its Bible have been turned to all kinds of uses, some good and some evil. Here in the United States, we’ve done so especially with respect to matters of race, gender, and sexuality, piling up verses on one side or the other to support what we already believe.

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Greg Cootsona: When the Body Can Gather Again

The Rev. Dr. Greg Cootsona
Organization: Science for the Church
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

When the effects of the pandemic subside—and when we can safely do so—should we go back to church? What do science and Scripture say?

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