Day1 Weekly Program Archive

Joe Evans: Braid the Whip

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

The Rev. Joe Evans examines Jesus' anger in John 2:13-22, and says we can get angry too, but we need to stop and listen to our anger for it to do us or our world any good. We have to braid the whip and let that anger purify us.

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Joe Evans: Divine Things and Human Things

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

The Rev. Joe Evans says, We all ask, who am I? What am I here for? And sometimes probably too often, we ask ourselves, shouldn’t I be doing something more? Jesus can help us wrestle with those questions for a more meaningful life focused on divine things rather than human things.

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Chris Thomas: Living On Fulfilled Time

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Thomas
Organization: First Baptist Church of Wilson, NC
Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

In his sermon for the 1st Sunday in Lent, Dr. Chris Thomas says each and every second, minute, and hour—every moment—is pregnant with the possibility of the presence of God. The kingdom of God is close, at hand, and every once in a while it’s so close it slips in on us—and we can either respond in faith or ignore that divine presence.

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Chris Thomas: An Unveiled Gospel

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Thomas
Organization: First Baptist Church of Wilson, NC
Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

In light of his Grandma’s experience with rearranged furniture, Dr. Chris Thomas wonders how this world might change—be transfigured—if we could just uncover a few things, rearrange the furniture of our faith to expose the darkened corners. Would the world be transformed by what it witnessed? Would we be transformed?

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Ginger Gaines-Cirelli: Everyone Is Searching

The Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli
Organization: Foundry United Methodist Church, Washington, DC
Denomination: United Methodist Church

The Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli wonders, what if we had a search engine to find God? And she discovers that our search begins in prayer with God and in service to others—simple but powerful wisdom.

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Chenda Innis Lee: Liberty and Justice for All

The Rev. Chenda Innis Lee
Organization: Fairlington United Methodist Church, Alexandria, VA
Denomination: United Methodist Church

The Rev. Chenda Lee says Mark 1:21-28 not only points to the liberating work of God, it also highlights the fundamental witness and confession of the early church—the lordship of Jesus Christ. This was—and still is—subversive truth.

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Jason Micheli: The Syntax of Salvation

The Rev. Jason Micheli
Organization: Annandale United Methodist Church, Annandale, VA
Denomination: United Methodist Church

Jason Micheli says God speaks to us just as any other person speaks to us—through words. If you want to know people, you have to listen to what they say. And only by listening to what they say, outside of you, do they eventually get inside of you. Same is true with God.

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Ben Dueholm: A Scarce and Precious Word

The Rev. Benjamin Dueholm
Organization: Christ Lutheran Church, Dallas, TX
Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

The story of God's call of Samuel reminds us that God remains free to speak and to act in ways we do not expect. We need to hear this today amid a long winter of a stubborn pandemic, food insecurity, power politics turning us into competing audiences divided by mutual suspicion and hostility

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Tom Kenny: The Story of God

The Rev. Thomas Kenny
Organization: ELCA Southeastern Synod
Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

In his sermon on Mark 1, The Rev. Tom Kenny says God is ready to reveal the Good News to anyone who is ready to listen and hear the story of God.

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Beth-Sarah Wright: Look Again! Choose Dignity

Dr. Beth-Sarah Wright
Organization: Holy Innocents' Episcopal School, Atlanta, GA
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

God knows each of us intimately, Dr. Beth-Sarah Wright tellsus—all our blemishes, our joys, our missteps—and yet God chooses to see our dignity. What might happen in our lives, our communities, our world, if we actually did that?

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Kate Moorehead: The Word Among Us

The Very Rev. Kate Moorehead
Organization: St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, Jacksonville, FL
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

In her sermon for the 1st Sunday after Christmas, Dean Kate Moorehead notes that when God said, “let there be light,” God spoke us into being. We are God’s communication, God’s joy, God’s dance. Just as Jesus is the Word, the Logos, we too are God’s messenger, God’s very message.

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Kate Moorehead: Stepping Aside

The Very Rev. Kate Moorehead
Organization: St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, Jacksonville, FL
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

The Very Rev. Kate Moorehead says that when the angel Gabriel announces God’s invitation to Mary, Mary steps aside for God’s will in her life. She bows before the glory of God. It is often the smallest acts of surrender, when we give up control rather than try to take it, that we allow God to enter the world in the most powerful ways.

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Aisha Brooks-Lytle: Mary's Song

The Rev. Aisha Brooks-Lytle
Organization: Presbytery of Greater Atlanta
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

For the 3rd Sunday of Advent, the Rev. Aisha Brooks-Lytle encourages us to consider Mary's song, and to write our own songs of hope, love, joy, and peace--to be inspired, to be anchored, and to be a witness.

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Nate Phillips: To Be with the Baby

The Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Phillips
Organization: Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

In his Advent sermon, Dr. Nate Phillips says God loves us and wants peace for us, and we can’t get there all by ourselves but we do have a part in it—not in making God love, but in turning around to experience how God loves.

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Tyler Tankersley: "Jesus Is Coming—Look Busy"

The Rev. Tyler Tankersley
Organization: Ardmore Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, NC
Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Advent often gets lost in the shuffle between Thanksgiving and Christmas, says Tyler Tankersley. It’s a time of waiting for the coming of the Savior. And yet we start the season of Advent with this text about keeping alert and awake. In other words, “Jesus Is Coming, Look Busy!”

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Dock Hollingsworth: It's Not Donkeys & Elephants, It's Sheep & Goats

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

Dr. Dock Hollingsworth says according to this teaching of Jesus in Matthew 25, we know there is going to be a final exam, and we’ve been given the single question on it in advance—that question being, How did you respond to human need? Let's prepare for it!

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Donna Mote: The Right Armor Is Light Armor

The Rev. Dr. Donna S. Mote
Organization: Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, GA
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

The Rev. Dr. Donna S. Mote explores the armor of light in 1 Thessalonians 5, and says God’s armor is counter-intuitive: knowledge of it gives us courage to make ourselves vulnerable as Jesus the Christ made himself vulnerable by coming to us and living among us.

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Peter Wallace: Answering the Big Question

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

The Rev. Peter Wallace looks at Joshua's invitation to serve God and Jesus's parable of the 10 bridesmaids through the lens of stewardship, and discovers a gracious encouragement to live generously.

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Carolyn J. Sharp: Witnesses to the Kingdom

The Rev. Dr. Carolyn J. Sharp
Organization: Yale Divinity School
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

On this holy day of All Saints, Dr. Carolyn Sharp tells us, it is our joy to sit at Jesus’s feet as he speaks of the kingdom of heaven, and in the Sermon on the Mount we find a foundational teaching in which Jesus shows his disciples the radical good news of blessing for all who struggle.

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Jarrod Longbons: Don't Overlook the First Command

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

Dr. Jarrod Longbons says loving others as ourselves--the second great command--may seem easier, to treat another person with justice, compassion, charity, and grace. But don't neglect the first great command, even though it’s not easy to imagine loving a God who is beyond being, ineffable, and mysterious with our whole being.

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