Jeremy Shoulta: The (Re)Born Identity
In his sermon for the 4th Sunday in Lent, Jeremy Shoulta says, as the man born blind celebrates his new life in Christ, so too must we welcome his loving presence each day. For God has "turned our mourning into dancing...and clothed us with gladness."
Winston Arthur: Drinking Water Never Felt So Good
Winston Arthur says at the well, Jesus offers the Samaritan woman the water of knowledge, purification, completeness, and salvation. It is an unconditional offer of a new start in Christ--and it is an offer to each one of us today.
Peter Wallace: A Whole and Lasting Life
In his sermon for the 2nd Sunday in Lent, Day1 host Peter Wallace says Jesus is the way to a whole and lasting life, and we'll either run toward him, into the light, or we'll run away into darkness.
Michael Livingston: The Gift in Grace
The Rev. Michael Livingston says here is the gift in grace in three parts: grace is free, grace is stronger than the sin that binds us, and since grace is in Jesus, who wore our very humanity, it is in us, kin to Christ, God our Creator, Spirit our Guide.
J. Peter Holmes: Listen to Jesus
In his sermon on the Transfiguration, Dr. J. Peter Holmes says when we listen to Jesus, we will find ourselves looking at ourselves, others, and the world as Jesus does--with the eyes of faith, hope, and love--never giving up on his transforming power.
Randy Harris: Fully Human
Randy Harris says ours is a meddlesome God who is not content to leave us as we are, but who is forever at work to draw us together, and to heal not only the brokenness within us, but the brokenness between us.
Susan Pendleton Jones: Salt and Light
Being blessed is a gift of God, Susan Pendleton Jones says. Being a blessing to others is our most appropriate response to this gift. And we do that by being Salt in a world of decay and Light in a world of darkness.
Raj Nadella: When Comfort Alone Won't Cut It
Dr. Raj Nadella says Jesus teaches us that words of comfort for those who grieve or suffer should become catalysts for action. We are all blessed when we work to create the kind of community Jesus envisioned.
Kevin Strickland: Fishing in Unusual Places, Finding Faithful Fish
Bishop Kevin Strickland says we are called to fish for people as Jesus' disciples were--called to remind everyone that the prodigal, lavish, expansive call of God is for all people.
Charles Qualls: Two Powerful Stories and a Distraction
Two of John's disciples asked Jesus where he was staying, which was tantamount to saying, "We want to sit at your feel and be under your formation," Charles Qualls says. Only then did Jesus extend the invitation: "Come and see."
Charles Qualls: Water That Renews Us
When we are baptized, Charles Qualls says, we aren't just cleansed in some symbolic way. If we are faithful and willing, then we're also anointed into a lifetime alongside Jesus to bring about justice and righteousness here and now.
Monica Mainwaring: God's Name for You
In her sermon for the Holy Name of Jesus Sunday, Monica Mainwaring asks, what is God’s name for you? Some of us have carried the burden of names like Not-good-enough, Lost, Alone. God is giving you a new name: Beloved, Child of God, Redeemed, Blessed. Claim it.
Timothy Boggess: In the Dark
In his Christmas Day sermon, Rev. Tim Boggess says the message of Christmas is that whenever and wherever we find ourselves in the dark, we can trust that, because of Christ's birth, God is with us.
Jenny McDevitt: Joseph: A Higher Righteousness of Love
In her message for the 4th Sunday of Advent, the Rev. Jenny McDevitt says like Joseph, we have to make a decision, because the Christ child is waiting to be born-- waiting to change the world, if only we will welcome him and make space for him in our lives.
Talitha Arnold: And the Desert Shall Bloom
Blossoms in the desert, streams in the dry land. Blind eyes that are opened and lonely people led home. Talitha Arnold says that's the vision of Isaiah--joy that comes as a complete surprise. Joy that comes not from our deserving, but from all God's doing.
Talitha Arnold: The Fire This Time
In her sermon for the 2nd Sunday of Advent, Talitha Arnold says, may John's cry in the wilderness bring us back to the Creator of heaven and earth. May his cry change our lives that we might love this world--its people, its forests, its fields, this earth--as God so loves.
Theresa Thames: What Time Is It?
As she guides us into Advent, Theresa S. Thames says this is the season of celebration, joy, and wonder--not just in what was, but in what could be. Now is the time! Imagine how we could be instruments of grace, peace, justice, and hope in a battered, discouraged, exhausted, and torn world.
Matthew Gaventa: Best Position Player
Here's the gospel, Matt Gaventa says: More than it ever has, the world needs a church that moves. Because Jesus is on the move, and he always has been. And you can't follow Jesus by standing still.
Bill Carter: Living the Dream
Bill Carter says Isaiah offers a holy invitation to live the dream God has for us all. To live as generously as Jesus. To respect, serve, and love one another. It's not enough to have the dream; the dream must also take flesh in our lives.
Noel Schoonmaker: God of the Living
Noel Schoonmaker says resurrection is the conviction on which Christianity is built. Jesus not only proclaimed resurrection, he also personified it. For after he died on the cross, he arose from the grave, promising all who follow him that we shall likewise find life on the other side of death.