The Rev. Dr. Stephen R. Montgomery

Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA) (PCUSA)
Organization: Idlewild Presbyterian Church, Memphis, TN

The Rev. Dr. Stephen R. Montgomery is senior pastor of Idlewild Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee, where he has served since 2000. He earlier served churches in Tucker and Doraville, GA, and Buckhorn, Kentucky.

An active leader in the communities he serves, Steve is also an adjunct faculty member at Memphis Theological Seminary. He earned his master of divinity degree from Yale Divinity School, and a doctor of ministry from Columbia Seminary, where he serves on the board of trustees.

Day1 Weekly Programs by The Rev. Dr. Stephen R. Montgomery

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Stephen Montgomery: The Voice of the Gardener

Tuesday March 19, 2019
In his sermon for the 3rd Sunday in Lent, Dr. Stephen Montgomery says if you want a sign of God at work in the world, then listen carefully in this world for voices like the voice of the gardener--who encouraged the landowner to be patient for fruit to emerge from the fig tree.

Stephen Montgomery: The One Big Thing

Tuesday March 12, 2019
The Rev. Dr. Steve Montgomery notes that Jesus called Herod a fox, comparing the fox and a hedgehog and quoting an ancient Greek poet, “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” These are symbols of different sorts of people””those who focus on one big thing, as Jesus did in his determination to head to Jerusalem and the cross, and those who pursue many things in a scattered, confused, ineffective way.

By What Power?

Tuesday April 21, 2015
As Acts 4 reveals, the Holy Spirit is at work in the world and in the church today--and that can be threatening, even frightening. Dr. Steve Montgomery encourages us to put the integrity of love ahead of the purity of dogma, and participate in the work of the Spirit to turn the dull, dreary dishwater of everyday culture into the rich sparkling wine of the gospel.

It's Touching Time

Tuesday April 14, 2015
In the account of the encounter in the upper room, Luke answers the questions, where do we go to find the sacred center, where we can find God? Dr. Steve Montgomery says Luke makes it clear that the physical, earthly, flesh and blood world is real and valuable enough for God to inhabit the person of Jesus of Nazareth and the person of the Risen Lord.

Not Much But Enough For Me

Tuesday November 30, 2010
The Rev. Dr. Stephen Montgomery shares insights about God's promise of peace in Isaiah 11--a promise of hope in the midst of violence, pain, and war. How much longer must we wait?

Closer Than You Think

Tuesday November 23, 2010
The Rev. Dr. Stephen Montgomery leads us into the new church year by exploring the promises of God to a fearful Israel in Isaiah 2--promises whose fulfillment may be "closer than you think."

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The Rev. Stephen Montgomery - Day1 Conversations with Peter Wallace

Thursday December 09, 2010
The Rev. Dr. Stephen Montgomery joins Day1 and our host, Peter Wallace, for a wide ranging discussion of his community at Idlewild Presbyterian Church and a short discussion of seminary education.