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!”
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
In foiling the Pharisees' attempt to trap him, Jesus offers a response that in effect declares the people free, even though they are residents of an occupied land. This is who they are, this is how God values them. God will still be God and they will still be God’s children.
Dr. Jarrod Longbons offers helpful guidance in dealing with toxic ruminating. Paul’s words in Philippians 4 can help as well: to ruminate instead of what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, praiseworthy—to think about such things.
The Rev. Dr. Julie Boone takes us to Assisi, Italy, home of St. Francis, who made the difficult decision to give up everything he had to follow Jesus, just as St. Paul did. We can appreciate these stories of sacrifice, suffering, and service for God, but surely that is not expected of us today, is it?
In his sermon on Exodus 17, Dr. William E. Flippin Jr. asks, how can we receive refreshment during a dry place? It’s found in the solution of God’s command to Moses: strike the rock and water will come out of it that the people may drink. Our rock is the Lord.
As we conclude our 75th Anniversary Series, Dr. Greg DeLoach says that when we know that God is good, when we see that God is good, it changes how we see the world, how we see others, and how we see ourselves.
Episcopal Presiding Bishop Michael Curry says Jesus of Nazareth began the most profoundly revolutionary movement in history—a movement of love. It’s a movement that says it’s not about just me, it’s about we.
In his sermon, Bishop Kevin Strickland says we live in community, we live as the body of Christ, and—as Jesus tells us in Matthew 18—where hurt has occurred, we must deal with it.
In her sermon, Dr. Leanne Van Dyk says it's not hard at all for us during these days of pandemic and protest to imagine a difficult place like that the Israelites were in. We find ourselves beyond the wilderness in many ways, and yet there’s no wilderness so wild that God cannot find us there.
In his sermon on Matthew 16:13-23, Dr. Tom Long encourages us to move from being a stumbling block to God’s purposes to being a rock--just as Simon Peter was--and follow God's purposes right where we are.
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In this first of a series of special programs celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Protestant Hour and Day1 weekly radio broadcast, the Rev. Dr. Skip Schueddig talks with host Peter Wallace about the program's history, and shares archival audio of some of the best preachers of the 20th century....
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.