Day1 Weekly Program Archive

Jasmine Smothers: When My Faith Is Not Enough

The Rev. Jasmine Smothers
Organization: Atlanta First United Methodist Church
Denomination: United Methodist Church

The Rev. Jasmine Smothers says there will be days when our faith by itself is simply not enough. God created us to need the saints, so our faith is incomplete without the faith of others.

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Lisa Goods: How Long?

The Rev. Dr. Lisa M. Goods
Organization: Shiloh Baptist Church, Cleveland, OH
Denomination: United Church of Christ

In her sermon on Psalm 10, the Rev. Dr. Lisa Goods calls us to have hope in the midst of our tears, because God does see, and God has given us the power to make a difference through our voices.

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Ben Stewart: The Man Who Mistook His Life for a Barn

The Rev. Dr. Benjamin M. Stewart
Organization: Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

In his sermon on Jesus parable in Luke 12, Ben Stewart says we are both physically and spiritually part of the good earth, made from good soil, fertile ground, and created to participate in the generosity of the earth rather than to fight against it, to share in it rather than trying to contain and hoard it.

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Travis Norvell: Prayer Lessons

The Rev. G. Travis Norvell
Organization: Judson Memorial Baptist Church, Minneapolis, MN
Denomination: American Baptist Churches USA

Travis Norvell proposes that the only way we can know what to ask for, search for, and which door to knock on is by getting out of our cars and churches and onto the streets and neighborhoods.

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Cynthia Kittredge: Sisters in Christ

The Very Rev. Dr. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge
Organization: Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, TX
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

Cynthia Kittredge says that by Jesus' death and his resurrection to life, God has overcome all the forces that divide and dominate, giving us the freedom and power to serve.

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Brian Coulter: Why Did the Samaritan Cross the Road?

The Rev. Dr. Brian Coulter
Organization: First Presbyterian Church, Fort Worth, TX
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

Why did the Samaritan cross the road? Brian Coulter says the lawyer answers: to show mercy. Jesus answers: Go and do likewise. What's your answer today?

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Leigh Spruill: Appointed and Sent

The Rev. Dr. R. Leigh Spruill
Organization: The Episcopal Church of St. John the Divine, Houston, TX
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

In light of Jesus' sending of the 70 to preach the kingdom, Leigh Spruill says the most patriotic thing we could do right now is to live into our Lord's calling as those who are appointed and sent to be agents of his love, grace, truth, justice, and peace.

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Leigh Spruill: Yes, and How About Now?

The Rev. Dr. R. Leigh Spruill
Organization: The Episcopal Church of St. John the Divine, Houston, TX
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

Dr. Leigh Spruill says the first step to being all-in is to focus our gaze on the One who really was all-in for our sakes, to enter into contemplation of Jesus whose steps always go before us and never turn back.

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Wil Gafney: The Other Woman

The Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney
Organization: Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

In her sermon on Peninnah, Hannah, and Elkahan, Dr. Wil Gafney says God has always been Emmanuel, God with us, through fire and flood, through exodus and exile, through slavery and liberation, through war and peace, through want and plenty, in sickness and health, in and out of love.

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Jamar A. Boyd II: Unbridled Hope

The Rev. Jamar A. Boyd II
Organization: Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Inc.
Denomination: Other

The Rev. Jamar Boyd II says a hope that sees the image of God in us all embodies and exudes divine love for humanity, encouraging us to embark on the journey full of hope, unbridled, despite suffering.

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Joe Evans: Too Light a Thing

The Rev. Joe Evans
Organization: First Presbyterian Church, Marietta, GA
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

The Rev. Joe Evans says on Pentecost, the Spirit gave the disciples the words - words that the world could understand, which is absolutely a miracle that our society needs today. What Pentecost reminds us of is that real communication requires love.

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Joe Evans: The Next Book

The Rev. Joe Evans
Organization: First Presbyterian Church, Marietta, GA
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

In the midst your graduation celebration, the Rev. Joe Evans says, give thanks to God and don't be afraid. Keep walking. And remember always who you are--you are God's own with a new chapter just beginning.

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Jaime Clark-Soles: Achieving Is Receiving

The Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles
Organization: Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
Denomination: American Baptist Churches USA

Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles says the world invites us to achieve peace by checking out. Jesus invites us to receive peace by checking in--that's where peace lies, within. Jesus, God, the Spirit--the source of all true peace--is within us, right now.

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Kristin Adkins Whitesides: Standing in the Way

The Rev. Dr. Kristin Adkins Whitesides
Organization: First Baptist Church, Winchester, VA
Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Kristin Adkins Whitesides says that from the very beginning, God has believed in the church more than we have believed in ourselves. So God has constantly been challenging us to dream bigger, to imagine a world ruled not by the rule of law but by the law of love.

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Ashley Wilcox: She Made This

Ashley M. Wilcox
Organization: n/a
Denomination: Other

Ashley Wilcox says the story of Tabitha shows us that it is important to take time to grieve the people we have lost, to remember their stories. And God meets us there. God meets us in our grief and our struggle and our joy.

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Michael Chan: In a New Light

Dr. Michael Chan
Organization: Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN
Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Dr. Michael Chan says Ananias was called by Jesus to offer the light of God's love to a person set on extinguishing it. But that's what Jesus does--he draws us out of ourselves, out of our fear, and into the world for the sake of the gospel and the neighbor.

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Bill Murray: You Didn't Have to Be There

The Rev. Dr. Bill Murray
Organization: Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church, Atlanta, GA
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

Bill Murray says Easter is an ongoing action of Jesus in the world to make all things new. And, as Thomas shows us, you didn't have to be there to be part of this story.

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L. Gregory Jones: Living Easter Hope

The Rev. Dr. L. Gregory Jones
Organization: Belmont University, Nashville, TN
Denomination: United Methodist Church

In his sermon for Easter Day, Dr. Greg Jones asks, what would it take for us to rediscover Christianity's surprise? To feel a renewed sense that the world has meaning and that the future is bright? It would require us to believe that the Resurrection is real today.

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Dock Hollingsworth: Dominus Flevit

The Rev. Dr. Dock Hollingsworth
Organization: Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA
Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

In his Palm Sunday sermon, Dr. Dock Hollingsworth says Jesus doesn't enter Jerusalem on a war stallion, but on a colt. His new kingdom is alive in the hears of people who search for Christ's peace first within their own souls, so that they may be agents of that peace in the world.

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Annemarie Kidder: Poured Out

The Rev. Dr. Annemarie Kidder
Organization: Pennfield Presbyterian Church, Battle Creek, MI
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

In her sermon on John 12, Dr. Annemarie Kidder says our works of mercy and love issue an aroma that's pleasant like aromatherapy, so people in the room breathe easier. Do people breathe easier because of us?

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