Day1 Weekly Programs by The Rev. William E. Flippin, Jr.
Tuesday July 17, 2018
In his sermon on Jeremiah 23, the Rev. William Flippin Jr. tells us that Jesus’ words regarding sheep and their shepherds are both challenging and comforting. People without a shepherd, without the Lord Jesus Christ, are lost and bewildered, never finding the way to true life. But there is hope.
Tuesday October 28, 2014
Pastor Bill Flippin says there is one link in our life that can always be shortened and strengthened--that’s our relationship with God, where there is no degree of separation. And the saints of God can show us the way to find this relationship, this 'Coram Deo,' being in the presence of God.
Tuesday March 05, 2013
In his message for the 4th Sunday in Lent, the Rev. William Flippin Jr. offers a fresh perspective on the parable of the prodigal son, showing us a God who loves us so much he runs to meet us.
Tuesday June 14, 2011
As the church observes Trinity Sunday, the Rev. William E. Flippin Jr. explores the riches of Romans 5:1-5, and helps us find assurance of our eternal relationship with God through Christ.
Tuesday June 07, 2011
On Pentecost Sunday, the church celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit. The Rev. William E. Flippin Jr. guides us into experiencing God's peace, power and purpose through the Spirit within.
Articles by The Rev. William E. Flippin, Jr.
Tuesday January 10, 2017
Threat to the life of a child intended for some important destiny is a common enough feature of ancient narratives. In the book of Exodus a familiar story of destiny is found in the threat to life of the infant Moses.
Friday November 27, 2015
We begin the Advent Season this coming Sunday and a new liturgical year and it is hard for me to have holiday cheer. The Macy's Christmas Tree has been lit, egg nog are beginning to fill up in grocery stores, the sounds bells whistles of Christmas are upon us in light of the deadliest attack from ISIS in Paris, France since World War II that killed 129 people. This act of terrorism has made us question the warm and fuzzy feeling we should have during this prelude to Christmas.
Friday August 21, 2015
Through the beginning of time in society, workplace and what we know as the institutional church, there are those who are on the 'inside' and those who are on the outside. Prophecy on the Margins informs us that prophetic revelation, a spiritual harvest can occur in the most unlikely place and person.
Tuesday March 24, 2015
The first-century church was full of catholics. Not Roman Catholics, but catholics -- people devoted to good works and acts of charity. There are over 50 million Roman Catholics in the United States alone which is an impressive number despite the Protestant impetus that shaped and defined our country. But there are many more non-Roman Catholic Christians who nevertheless fall into one of two categories: Roman or catholic. You are one, or you are the other.
Saturday February 21, 2015
No letter stresses cruciformity as the norm in existence in Christ more than found in 2 Corinthians. The emphasis is found in the suffering and comfort, affliction and consolation which Paul basis this letter.
Thursday October 30, 2014
We celebrate the German Reformer Martin Luther, who welcomed those moments when learning could be given to the masses in developing free thought from Sola Scriptura and the development of the priesthood of all believers.
Sunday September 14, 2014
I believe that Jesus was very deliberate in his portrayal as a community organizer by being aware of the social forces he set in motion in defining the concepts of discipleship, community and love.
Thursday September 04, 2014
The prophet calls us to get involved in the welfare of the city, for the city's welfare is ours. There's no way around it. There's no escaping this connection. Our hometown should have no better citizens than we!
Saturday June 21, 2014
Most of us are fundamentalists about fundamentalism. We think we are either fundamentally against it or fundamentally for it. But contrary to what some of us may think, 'fundamentalism' isn't the private domain of one group of people. 'Fundamentalists' can be found in all walks of life.
Wednesday December 18, 2013
Waitresses. They're hauling heavy trays. Crashing into co-workers. Being poked and grabbed and yelled at. Having to smile and be nice to rude customers. Receiving lousy tips. It can be a brutal way to make a buck. Welcome to life on the other side of the tray.
Friday December 13, 2013
Last week, I was walking down the streets of Atlanta and almost tripped over a homeless man living literally on the streets. It was not at all surprising that in the hustle and bustle of the movers and shakers of this international city he was overlooked but that I wondered for a moment in light of my almost breaking my neck "What if Jesus was homeless?"
Thursday September 05, 2013
Tents: a training ground for right living. I am still very excited that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America adopted the social statement of The Church and Criminal Justice: Hearing the Cries. The statement was adopted at the 2013 Churchwide Assembly in Pittsburgh by a vote of 882 to 25 on August 16th, 2013.
Friday August 23, 2013
Last week the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America witnessed many significant moments in its churchwide assembly held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The delegates of this assembly elected its first female presiding bishop, who will be the spiritual shepherd of 4 million Lutherans (ELCA) Notwithstanding to this; the highlight of the assembly was our overwhelming endorsement of the social statement concerning criminal justice.
Thursday June 27, 2013
As a child, Superman I-IV, especially II were some of my favorite movies ever. It was the first movie that allowed me to dream and wish that I could be like Christopher Reeves and jump large buildings in a single bound. Some 25 years later as a minister, I can't help to see in the new recently release Superman movie obvious religious correlations related to the life of Jesus Christ.
Sunday May 26, 2013
Why haven't you been to hell? We aren't called to live in hell. We are called to live in heaven. But as Dante found out, you can't get to heaven without going through hell first.
Sunday March 31, 2013
The view of disciples abandoning Jesus at his loneliest hour is affirmed in all the Gospels. However, I believe, in looking closely at some Greek words, that Mark's intention as a Gospel writer, showing that this man dressed in a white robe had a secret message -- a prevalent theme in Mark of the rebirth of humanity that was naked in sin.
Tuesday February 12, 2013
David is one of my favorite characters in the Bible and a statue in Florence of him gives us perfect insight into the character of David, a man after God's own heart, who got dirtied by pride and sin. Only confession and repentance could clean him up and restore him to the greatness of the man who was a giant-killer.
Tuesday November 06, 2012
Today we are engaged in the election of Mitt Romney or reelection of our current President, Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. This election has been the most tense and anticipated since I begin watching Presidential elections in 1988. It is a clear divide among American voters and the Presidential candidates.
Monday August 20, 2012
Despite the realities of dwindling numbers of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Spirit of God is on the move.
Friday July 27, 2012
When people come together in London from different races, cultures and nationalities, peace is not going to be found in a spectacular opening ceremony. When people of differing ages, sexes, educational levels, professions and political orientations gather in a church sanctuary, unity is not created by a well-planned service of worship.
Monday July 09, 2012
From a jail in Birmingham, Ala., Martin Luther King Jr. discussed civil disobedience, noting that "there are two kinds of laws: just and unjust" and that there is a "natural law" to which we are subject. He was right: We shouldn't say we know right and wrong only because "the Bible says so."
The Rev. William Flippin Jr.: Structural Marginality in the Parable of the Sheep and Goats (Matt. 25:31-46)
Sunday July 01, 2012
In the Gospel of Matthew there are instances where one sees structural marginalization for those who are considered "outsiders." In the other Gospels, Jesus is very much present in the community as an advocate of social change.
Tuesday June 19, 2012
For Haggai, the bottom line for a place of worship was not about how it was constructed or how it looked, but who was there. Whether it's a tent, a temple or a truck, the key architectural criterion for sacred space is that it is a place where God's "spirit abides among you"
Friday June 15, 2012
In our recent Synod Assembly held in Atlanta, our body passed a resolution regarding the abolition of the Death Penalty. In this we have resolved as a collective body to encourage and seek dialogue within our given contexts in presenting a unified voice of opposition to the death penalty, seeking legislative and judicial change.
Monday May 14, 2012
It is time we took seriously our Christbody responsibility to "learn the ABCs" -- learn "About the Bible in Church." Unless we read it, study it, learn what's in it and feel comfortable with it in our hands and on our tongues, we cannot truly love the Word of God.
Thursday April 19, 2012
Career-conscious Christians, listen up! Is Jesus calling us to re-evaluate how we are spending our time, our lives and our careers? Is he challenging us to break down and bust up the barrier between office and vocation, between what we do for a living and what we do to serve God?
Monday April 09, 2012
Alternative versions of Christianity seem to emerge in every generation, but every variation eventually bumps up against the traditional view of Jesus' nature and is assigned an unorthodox alternative not so much by the decisions of councils but by the depth and strength of the traditional biblical view itself. So what's the big deal?
Monday April 02, 2012
I am very disappointed in the church particularly that has used in Christian circles around the country "hate the sin, love the sinner" perspective as a 'Christian approach to homosexuality. We must share God's grace at work in our spiritual lives and in our communities of faith.
Thursday March 22, 2012
There is a natural, and deliberate movement by women of the church to challenge the system of sexism and collectively demand that their gifts not be ignored any longer.
Monday March 12, 2012
In this week's BlackVoices Preach installment, Rev. William Flippin Jr. writes about Jesus' "Occupy Temple" protests in a Lenten sermon.
Monday February 13, 2012
In this week's BlackVoices Preach! the Rev. William Flippin Jr. writes, "Absalom Jones' spirit of independence is an example to all those of African descent in liturgical traditions. Our Christian experience commits us to the view that there is no greater source of strength in the struggle of justice, equality and human dignity than faith in Jesus Christ."
Sunday January 29, 2012
I am always fascinated by the place where Christians were first given their name. This place, although sometimes overlooked in obscurity, was known as Antioch.
Thursday January 26, 2012
Worship happens wherever God is radically present, and the result is unplanned, unrehearsed, and uncontrollable.
Video by The Rev. William E. Flippin, Jr.
Monday October 20, 2014
Pastor Bill Flippin Jr. believes the church can learn something from Detroit's truck door wars, and begin opening new doors for all. Watch this powerful Day1 Reflection.
Friday June 17, 2011
This week Day1 host Peter Wallace sits down with the Rev. William Flippin Jr. to discuss his ministries, ranging from helping the poor in Liberia to ministering to U.S. troops at Fort Benning, GA, how he and all of his brothers came to the ministry, the diversity at St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church in Columbus, GA, where he serves, and much more. Join us for a conversation of faith and hope only from Day1.