Day1 Weekly Program Archive

Michael Mills: The Inactive Active Christian

The Rev. Michael Mills
Organization: Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal, Dallas, TX
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

In this pandemic season, says the Rev. Michael Mills, active Christians have had to be inactive. It’s not easy to adjust, but that’s the rhythm Jesus exemplified for us—an active, hands-on ministry that was always balanced by time alone and away.

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Trace Haythorn: Wrestling Life

The Rev. Dr. Trace Haythorn
Organization: ACPE
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

In the pandemic, Dr. Trace Haythorn says in his sermon, we have wrestled to get through it. But Jacob offers an image of one who, in the midst of the struggle, refuses to give up until he’s given a blessing.

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Monty Knight: On Knowing Not How to Pray

The Rev. Dr. Monty Knight
Organization: n/a
Denomination: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

In his sermon on Romans 8, Dr. Monty Knight asks us, Is it possible that God may work in and through, with and for, in spite of, as often as not, because of us? Even in our praying?

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Chrissy Tatum Williamson: The Gospel According to the Compost Pile

The Rev. Chrissy Tatum Williamson
Organization: Greystone Baptist Church, Raleigh, NC
Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

The Rev. Chrissy Tatum Williamson says what we learn in life is that none of us is fully weed or wheat, we are a mixture of both. And Jesus calls us to cultivate the garden of our life, our soul, so that we can produce wholesome fruit.

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Peter Wallace: Sitting Beside the Sea

The Rev. Peter M. Wallace
Organization: Alliance for Christian Media
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

In his sermon this week, Day1 host the Rev. Peter Wallace explores a simple verse in Matthew 13 that could be the key to our survival in times like these.

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David Hull: Finding Rest for Your Soul

The Rev. Dr. David Hull
Organization: Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA
Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Dr. David Hull says we learn two things about Jesus in the final verses of Matthew 11—first, God welcomes us, invites us, to come to Jesus. Second, God guides us, which involves being yoked with Jesus and following him.

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Kenyatta Gilbert: Pinocchio Prophecy

The Rev. Dr. Kenyatta Gilbert
Organization: Howard University School of Divinity, Washington, DC
Denomination: 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.

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Robin Wilson: Rise Up

The Rev. Robin Wilson
Organization: First United Methodist Church, Opelika, AL
Denomination: United Methodist Church

The Rev. Robin Wilson likens Jesus's 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.

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Peter Wallace: Love in the Time of Coronavirus

The Rev. Peter M. Wallace
Organization: Alliance for Christian Media
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

In a special Day1 sermon, producer and host Peter Wallace shares how we can maintain our common life of faith in the midst of a pandemic.

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Eric Barreto: In the Beginning and In the End

The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto
Organization: Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ
Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Dr. Eric Barreto says Genesis chapters 1 and 2 are not a blueprint for the world or a play-by-play of the dawning of creation. Nor are they simply an ancient fairy tale we can dismiss. They’re not about us--they are first and foremost about God.

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Eric Barreto: Can't We All Just Get Along?

The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto
Organization: Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ
Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Dr. Eric Barreto says there's no better place to start a study of the Book of Acts than the account of Pentecost. This is a moment we often identity as the birth of the church, that moment when God's blessings poured down upon us and the church tasted God's goodness. But what happened that momentous day, and what does it all mean for us today?

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Christopher Edmonston: Sudden Change

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Edmonston
Organization: White Memorial Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, NC
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

In the midst of sudden and surprising changes, Dr. Christopher Edmonston says Jesus challenges his disciples—and us—to expect the Holy Spirit to fill us and use us as witnesses to the ends of the earth.

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Christopher Edmonston: The God of Unexpected Things

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Edmonston
Organization: White Memorial Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, NC
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

When Paul presented the good news in Athens, preaching to a bunch of skeptics, Dr. Christopher Edmonston says the court of the Areopagus was all about reason and rhetoric, but Paul drops divine mystery on them. In spite of their intelligence and great learning, he reminds them there is still much to be learned—and the showstopper he presents is the resurrection of Jesus.

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Leigh Spruill: The Promise of Heaven for Here and Now

The Rev. Dr. R. Leigh Spruill
Organization: St. George's Episcopal Church, Nashville, TN
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

Dr. Leigh Spruill says there are practical consequences of a vigorous and unembarrassed trust in the promise of heaven: First, it informs our calling and ministry here and now, and second, it gives us confidence that sin and brokenness and death will not ultimately defeat us.

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Leigh Spruill: The Yearning to Belong and Christian Witness

The Rev. Dr. R. Leigh Spruill
Organization: St. George's Episcopal Church, Nashville, TN
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

In his sermon, Dr. R. Leigh Spruill considers the snapshot of the local church in Acts 2, and the rapid impact tat the Christian faith made on the world in a relatively short time. Engaging in worship, praise, and prayer, we see a picture of intense belonging. And the Lord added to their number. How does this work today?

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Joshua Scott: There Is Hope!

The Rev. Dr. Joshua Scott
Organization: Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA
Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Dr. Joshua Scott offers a word of hope from 1 Peter 1: there is hope as we never forget the power of our redemption. There is hope as we never forget the purpose of our redemption. And there is hope when we begin to live out our redemption in our relations with others.

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David Gray: Heart and a Side of Doubt

The Rev. Dr. David Gray
Organization: Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, Bethesda, MD
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

Dr. David Gray says doubt doesn’t ignore a subject, it engages it. Questioning is not turning our back on faith but thinking about it. Facing our doubts can ultimately lead to faith—just as it did for Thomas.

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Bishop Andy Doyle: Let Galilee Quake With Good News - Easter

The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle
Organization: Episcopal Diocese of Texas
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

The earth quaked at the resurrection of Jesus, says Bishop Andy Doyle in his Easter sermon, and this quaking inaugurates the great re-beginning of the world and all therein. The messenger tells the women to go to Galilee—an image, an icon, for the world, the place where real people live, the place where people met God, and God met the people in the person of Jesus.

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Susan Sparks: The Only Train in the Storm

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

In her Palm/Passion Sunday sermon, the Rev. Susan Sparks says during the week that went from glorious to tragic, Jesus did not expect the world to save him--because he knew God would. We often get both parts of that equation wrong.

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Frank C. Spencer: Prophesy!

The Rev. Frank C. Spencer
Organization: The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

In his sermon for the 5th Sunday in Lent, the Rev. Frank Spencer says God simply commands Ezekiel, “Prophesy!” It’s not so much an answer as an invitation to participate in whatever God is doing in the world--and that invitation is ours as well.

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