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.
The Rev. Talitha Arnold says, some Greeks came to Jesus’ disciple Philip and said, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Did those Greeks know what they were asking? Did they have a clue? Do we?
The Rev. Carla Aday says we can get stuck on John 3:16 thinking only about what happens to us after we die—and we miss the fullness of life that Jesus promises us right now before we die.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!”