Day1 Weekly Program Archive

Kevin Strickland: Come and See What Found Me!

Bishop Kevin Strickland
Organization: ELCA Southeastern Synod
Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Bishop Kevin Strickland says Epiphany is about the revelation of Jesus, about finding Jesus, witnessing Jesus in various epiphanic moments—it’s not supposed to be about being found ourselves. Or is it?

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Olu Brown: Jesus' Baptism--Hope for the World

The Rev. Olu Brown
Organization: Impact Church, East Point, GA
Denomination: United Methodist Church

As he explores the Baptism of the Lord, the Rev. Olu Brown says baptism looks back with gratitude on what God’s grace has already accomplished, is here and now an act of God’s grace, and looks forward to what God’s grace will accomplish in the future.

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Barbara Brown Taylor: Divine Evolution

The Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor
Organization: n/a
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

Barbara Brown Taylor explores the meaning of the Logos of John 1 and Lady Wisdom of Sirach 24, who reveal God's eternal invitation to direct access to the fierce love and creative intelligence that is always looking for a new place to call home.

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Jenny McDevitt: That Other Christmas Story

The Rev. Jenny McDevitt
Organization: Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York, NY
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

The Rev. Jenny McDevitt explores that other Christmas story, one that also begins in the dark--but the darkness only grows deeper as Mary and Joseph escape to Egypt with their baby--a scenario that might sound familiar today.

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Eric Shafer: Really With Us

The Rev. Eric C. Shafer
Organization: Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Santa Monica, CA
Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Matthew tells a Christmas story from the point of view of Joseph, and unlike Luke with the singing angels and worshiping shepherds, we hear a story not of wonder but of heartache. The Rev. Eric Shafer tells us the months leading up to Jesus’s birth were fraught with anxiety, concern, and emotion for Joseph and Mary. And that is a purpose of Matthew’s telling this story—because we have all been there.

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Bishop Brian Cole: The Gift of Doubt

The Rt. Rev. Brian L. Cole
Organization: Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

Bishop Brian Cole reminds us that Mary, Jesus’s mother, and John the Baptist were real people. John has been preparing the way, making room for the Messiah, and it seems in Matthew 11 that he’s become concerned his work may be in vain—he is experiencing doubt because Jesus is not meeting his expectations for the Messiah. His doubt can be instructive for us...

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Bishop Nicholas Knisely: Lighten Our Darkness, Lord Jesus

The Rt. Rev. Nicholas Knisely
Organization: Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

Bishop Nicholas Knisely says the tension between the Isaiah and Matthew texts for Advent 2 is palpable—Isaiah speaks of new life, healing, and restoration. But in Matthew, John the Baptist boldly calls the people to repent—which really doesn’t fit our cultural experience of this season.

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Charles Qualls: Let Us Go Up to the Mountain of the Lord!

The Rev. Dr. Charles Qualls
Organization: Franklin Baptist Church, Franklin, VA
Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Dr. Charles Qualls says the vision Isaiah paints in chapter 2 is one of peace—a world we would surely like to live in. But in this era of mass shootings and the threat of war, these words don’t match our reality, and so we yearn to know: when will the Christ child hurry up and usher in such a peaceful time? And we wait...

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Victoria Lawson: Finding Grace in Unexpected Places

Victoria Lawson
Organization: McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, Atlanta, GA
Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Victoria Lawson reveals three "grace moments" in Luke 23: The grace of the request for forgiveness, the grace of simply talking with the Savior, and the grace of Jesus's response, which reverberates to us today.

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Dock Hollingsworth: And You Will Be Hated

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

Dr. Dock Hollingsworth says Jesus's disciples had seen so many wonderful miracles and events—there had never been anybody like this man! Yet Jesus knows that following the way of the Kingdom is not all about the good times. Sometimes there is hardship, sometimes bad things happen—and not in spite of being a Jesus follower but because you are.

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Lori Raible: Forever Is a Long Time

The Rev. Lori Archer Raible
Organization: Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

In her sermon, the Rev. Lori Raible says by grace alone, and through the power of the resurrection, Christ redeems and calls us to participate in the reconciling work of God’s Kingdom, now. Ours is a God of action, one who says, “I am with you, now let’s go!”

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Nathan Kirkpatrick: We Are All God's Children Now

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

On All Saints' Sunday, the Rev. Nathan Kirkpatrick says we acknowledge that what happens in the waters of baptism is that we are made part of a great extended family that includes seekers and servants, poets and prophets, contemplatives and charismatics.

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Ed Bacon: True Humility

The Rev. Ed Bacon
Organization: St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Atlanta, GA
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

The Rev. Ed Bacon says the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax-Collector offers deep teaching about life with God and with the human family and all of creation, namely, that the humility of interbeing aligns us with God's love.

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Jenny McDevitt: Nevertheless, She Persisted

The Rev. Jenny McDevitt
Organization: Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York, NY
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

In this parable, Jesus lauds the woman for her persistence in asking for what she needs. The Rev. Jenny McDevitt shows us that when we pray persistently, our connection with God deepens, no matter how God answers our prayer.

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Matthew Ruffner: Seeking the Welfare of Our Cities

The Rev. Matthew Ruffner
Organization: Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, Dallas, TX
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

In his sermon on Jeremiah 29:1,4-7, the Rev. Matthew Ruffner says that just as Jeremiah told the people of Israel they weren’t taking care of others at their own expense, but rather as a community, we too need to open ourselves up to the wellbeing of all God’s people by seeking the welfare of our cities.

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Chris Henry: A Joyful Obligation

The Rev. Christopher Henry
Organization: Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, IN
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

The Rev. Chris Henry says that in Luke 17 Jesus tells an odd parable to his disciples who have just begged him to increase their faith in light of all he has been teaching about living as a follower of his. What Jesus calls them, and us as Christians, to do can seem overwhelming, but Jesus encourages us that we already have enough faith to live out the challenging commands he's given us.

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Scott Jones: Live and Let Die

The Rev. Scott Jones
Organization: Not available
Denomination: Other

The Rev. Scott Jones explores the story of the Rich man, who’s unnamed, and Lazarus, the poor man whose name means “God is my help.” And he discovers that ultimately, we will either receive the name Lazarus by trusting the God who raises the dead to be our help, or we will attempt to make a name for ourselves, and remain nameless and immune to being raised up to new life.

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Christopher Girata: Shrewd Faith

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Girata
Organization: St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Dallas, TX
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

Dr. Chris Girata helps us unpack a weird parable of Jesus in Luke 16. Jesus’s moral of the story is rather confusing--we’re supposed to be shrewd like this dishonest manager? Yes--God’s children need to act shrewdly and be faithful with wealth

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Simon Mainwaring: Leaving Egypt

The Rev. Dr. Simon Mainwaring
Organization: All Saints' Episcopal Church, Atlanta, GA
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

The Rev. Dr. Simon Mainwaring says perhaps God changes God’s mind in today’s scripture because God is more spacious than we may have thought God to be. God continues to lead the Israelites through the wilderness knowing that it takes time for a new theological imagination to form.

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David Meredith: Not Equality in All Things

The Rev. David Meredith
Organization: Clifton United Methodist Church, Cincinnati, OH
Denomination: United Methodist Church

Paul’s letter to Philemon is instructive, says the Rev. David Meredith, because it reveals that equality in Christ is about the mutual participation of the particular person, gifts, graces, call, mission, and ministry of each person and Christ. As Galatians 3:28 puts it, “in Christ there is no division...among us all are equal.” That reality demands much of everyone in the church.

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