Day1 Weekly Program Archive

Amy McCullough: Gratitude That Saves

The Rev. Dr. Amy P. McCullough
Organization: Grace United Methodist Church, Baltimore, MD
Denomination: United Methodist Church

Amy McCullough says Jesus sees us, as he did the 10 persons with leprosy. Moments when we experience Jesus seeing us are healing - they nurture our faith in the One who can transform us from isolated exiles into beloved children.

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John Thompson-Quartey: Lord, Increase Our Faith

The Rev. Canon John Thompson-Quartey
Organization: Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, GA
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

John Thompson-Quartey says by telling his disciples they only need a tiny faith to be agents of transformation, Jesus affirms our own daily lives as opportunities for God's grace to transform lives around us.

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David Jordan: How to Take Hold of Life

The Rev. Dr. David Jordan
Organization: First Baptist Church, Decatur, GA
Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

David Jordan says 1 Timothy 6 tells us we were made for this time, and God's eternal presence is in us, with us, and among us. Now, let's life into the reality God has already set in motion.

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Dennis Patterson Jr.: From Dishonest Wealth to Purpose

The Rev. Dennis Patterson, Jr.
Organization: The Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross, Decatur, GA
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

Dennis Patterson encourages us to imagine a faith that believes you don’t have to end where you started, to imagine a God who recognizes and celebrates the potential you have even when you are failing miserably. This is our God!

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Teresa Fry Brown: A Divine Cure for Heart Conditions

The Rev. Dr. Teresa L. Fry Brown
Organization: Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Denomination: Other

Dr. Teresa Fry Brown encourages us to pray David's prayer to create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me - to cure us of our heart conditions!

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Jarrod Longbons: Jesus: Not a Good Pitchman

The Rev. Dr. Jarrod Longbons
Organization: Peachtree Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Atlanta, GA
Denomination: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Dr. Jarrod Longbons hears Jesus say, "Beloved, stop trying to win. Just follow me, and do the next faithful thing. Reassess what is important to you, and take up your cross and follow me. You may transform the world."

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Katie Owen Aumann: This Is Not Emily Post's Dinner Party

The Rev. Katie Owen Aumann
Organization: Morningside Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

Katie Aumann says Jesus' parable in Luke 14 reminds us that the ushering in of the kingdom of heaven begins at ordinary places like the dinner tables we gather around every day. At his table, none are worthy, but all are welcome.

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Ruthanna Hooke: Set Free on the Sabbath Day

The Rev. Dr. Ruthanna Hooke
Organization: Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, VA
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

Dr. Ruthanna Hooke says, whatever your burdens may be, Jesus' urgent desire is your freedom--freedom to choose God, to follow Christ, to be led by the Holy Spirit, and to be the particular person God has created you to be.

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Jasmine Smothers: When My Faith Is Not Enough

The Rev. Jasmine Smothers
Organization: Atlanta First United Methodist Church
Denomination: United Methodist Church

The Rev. Jasmine Smothers says there will be days when our faith by itself is simply not enough. God created us to need the saints, so our faith is incomplete without the faith of others.

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Lisa Goods: How Long?

The Rev. Dr. Lisa M. Goods
Organization: Shiloh Baptist Church, Cleveland, OH
Denomination: United Church of Christ

In her sermon on Psalm 10, the Rev. Dr. Lisa Goods calls us to have hope in the midst of our tears, because God does see, and God has given us the power to make a difference through our voices.

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Ben Stewart: The Man Who Mistook His Life for a Barn

The Rev. Dr. Benjamin M. Stewart
Organization: Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

In his sermon on Jesus parable in Luke 12, Ben Stewart says we are both physically and spiritually part of the good earth, made from good soil, fertile ground, and created to participate in the generosity of the earth rather than to fight against it, to share in it rather than trying to contain and hoard it.

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Travis Norvell: Prayer Lessons

The Rev. G. Travis Norvell
Organization: Judson Memorial Baptist Church, Minneapolis, MN
Denomination: American Baptist Churches USA

Travis Norvell proposes that the only way we can know what to ask for, search for, and which door to knock on is by getting out of our cars and churches and onto the streets and neighborhoods.

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Cynthia Kittredge: Sisters in Christ

The Very Rev. Dr. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge
Organization: Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, TX
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

Cynthia Kittredge says that by Jesus' death and his resurrection to life, God has overcome all the forces that divide and dominate, giving us the freedom and power to serve.

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Brian Coulter: Why Did the Samaritan Cross the Road?

The Rev. Dr. Brian Coulter
Organization: First Presbyterian Church, Fort Worth, TX
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

Why did the Samaritan cross the road? Brian Coulter says the lawyer answers: to show mercy. Jesus answers: Go and do likewise. What's your answer today?

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Leigh Spruill: Appointed and Sent

The Rev. Dr. R. Leigh Spruill
Organization: The Episcopal Church of St. John the Divine, Houston, TX
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

In light of Jesus' sending of the 70 to preach the kingdom, Leigh Spruill says the most patriotic thing we could do right now is to live into our Lord's calling as those who are appointed and sent to be agents of his love, grace, truth, justice, and peace.

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Leigh Spruill: Yes, and How About Now?

The Rev. Dr. R. Leigh Spruill
Organization: The Episcopal Church of St. John the Divine, Houston, TX
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

Dr. Leigh Spruill says the first step to being all-in is to focus our gaze on the One who really was all-in for our sakes, to enter into contemplation of Jesus whose steps always go before us and never turn back.

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Wil Gafney: The Other Woman

The Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney
Organization: Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

In her sermon on Peninnah, Hannah, and Elkahan, Dr. Wil Gafney says God has always been Emmanuel, God with us, through fire and flood, through exodus and exile, through slavery and liberation, through war and peace, through want and plenty, in sickness and health, in and out of love.

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Jamar A. Boyd II: Unbridled Hope

The Rev. Jamar A. Boyd II
Organization: Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Inc.
Denomination: Other

The Rev. Jamar Boyd II says a hope that sees the image of God in us all embodies and exudes divine love for humanity, encouraging us to embark on the journey full of hope, unbridled, despite suffering.

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Joe Evans: Too Light a Thing

The Rev. Joe Evans
Organization: First Presbyterian Church, Marietta, GA
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

The Rev. Joe Evans says on Pentecost, the Spirit gave the disciples the words - words that the world could understand, which is absolutely a miracle that our society needs today. What Pentecost reminds us of is that real communication requires love.

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Joe Evans: The Next Book

The Rev. Joe Evans
Organization: First Presbyterian Church, Marietta, GA
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

In the midst your graduation celebration, the Rev. Joe Evans says, give thanks to God and don't be afraid. Keep walking. And remember always who you are--you are God's own with a new chapter just beginning.

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