Dr. Charley Reeb says Jesus said some startling things during his time on earth: he claimed he was God, he claimed to forgive sins, and he claimed that if we put our trust in him he will give us eternal life. Powerful claims, indeed, and they force us to make a decision.
The Rev. Andrew Whaley says Jesus didn’t need the perfect mathematical formula to solve the problem of feeding the 5000; he didn’t need GPS coordinates of the nearest market. He just needed a disciple to point out a possibility—and even a pessimistic disciple was enough.
Dana Everhart says that in the past year and a half, there has been no stop for Christ’s followers in doing the work of the mission of loving and serving those in need in these difficult times—and so we may all need to take a breath, just as Jesus and his disciples sought to do.
Charles Qualls says Paul’s good news is that we belong to God as adopted and provided-for children in Christ. The good news doesn’t end there, though - we also can belong to each other.
Charles Qualls says Jesus' reception in his hometown reveals he may have been appreciated but not always wanted for who he really was. But do we really want Jesus in every area of our lives?
Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell says Jesus heals misfits in two miracles in Mark 5. Jesus, the border crosser, reaches out to outcasts, misfits, the “Others” in Jewish society, and restores their lives with his healing touch - and he can do the same in our lives.
Dr. Quincy Brown says the good news of this gospel story is that Jesus tells the disciples to cross to the other side of the late, meaning that he will be present with them - and us - when we are crossing over the obstacles, problems, and uncertain situations in our lives.
The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss explores the prophet/poet Ezekiel's words about God's tree, where diversity and equality thrive because they are sourced in the rich soil of faith and the power of the Son.
In her sermon, Dr. Joy J. Moore say the people of Samuel’s day don’t seek hospitality and holiness; they settle for profit, power, and prestige. And the same is true today, as we still put our trust in those in power rather than in the king that God has given us in Jesus Christ—a far different kind than any earthly king.
In his Trinity Sunday sermon, Dr. Greg Cootsona says that realizing that our Triune God is with us might be as simple as pausing and taking in the beauty that’s around us. So let's pay attention.
In her Day of Pentecost sermon, the Rev. Anna Traynham says the miracle of the Spirit on the first Pentecost was to let us hear and therefore see each other—the miracle was to bless our diversity, solidify our unity as one global church born of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost.
The Rev. Dr. Josh Scott says in Ephesians Paul prays for the church to reach its full potential--the full potential to proclaim Christ in its worship, its spiritual formation, its evangelism, in small groups, outreach activities, and in the very lives we live.
Society still seems to refuse to accept the call of Jesus in John 15 to “love one another as I have loved you,” period. The Rev. Chelsea Waite encourages us to inhale the love that flows from God to Christ, to the Holy Spirit, to us. Simply love—without trying to figure out what we can get out of the deal.
In her sermon, Dr. Darian Duckworth says John names what is hindering the kingdom of Jesus’ love from being all he intended it to be: and that’s not loving the person standing right in front of us.
The Rev. Kenneth Brannon unpacks Psalm 23 for us today, revealing the Shepherd's promises of sustenance, safety, and surplus to God's flock.
In his sermon, Dr. Micah Jackson said Jesus calls us as his followers to testify to what we have witnessed about the Good News - God’s love shown in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s just what we do.
According to Acts, says the Rev. Talitha Arnold, the new church community wasn’t focused on simply seeing the Risen Christ, instead they were committed to being the Risen Christ--doing what had to be done, caring for one another, offering new life to others.
In his Easter message, the Rev. Marek Zabriskie says God's answer to whatever threatens, imperils, or ails us is to write "nevertheless" over our lives, and to move the immovable stones that are blocking us from living the kind of life that God is calling us to lead.
In his powerful message, the Rev. Marek Zabriskie imagines how a disciple of Jesus, charged with finding an unridden donkey for his Lord, might explain how Jesus has changed his life forever.