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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.