Category Archives: Sermons

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Living Inside Out

University Baptist Church, Austin, Texas Reading for the 14th Sunday after Pentecost: James 1:17-27 If there’s one thing everybody seems to like, it’s a short sermon. In February of ’87, Will Campbell, that salty saint of the Civil Rights Movement, was theologian in residence at

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Learning How To Blush

First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Long Beach, Calif. Reading: Jeremiah 6:13-15 Welcome to the First Congregational Church of Long Beach, a United Church of Christ, a church with a great history and .. perhaps .. a great future. That part remains to be

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Jesus: Icon or Iconoclast?

All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Shreveport, La.  Disclaimer: Before I start, I want to make a few brief disclaimers. Our church (like other UU churches) has a tradition of a free and open pulpit. In other words, my search for truth and the words I

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Overcoming Oppressive Theology

City of Refuge United Church of Christ, San Francisco, Calif. Theos/logos God words or words about God are not etched in granite…they metamorphosise with time. All of us see things a bit differently than how we saw them ten years ago, and certainly our theology

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When God Loves the World

Fellowship Congregational Church, Tulsa, Okla. Reading for the Fourth Sunday in Lent: John 3:14-21 A dear friend and co-worker for human rights, Barbara Santee, has written a play which has just completed its second run at the Heller Theater, and which has been selected to

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Being Fundamentalist

Cathedral of Hope MCC, Dallas, Texas Readings for the Ninth Sunday after Epiphany: II Cor. 4:5-12, Mark 2:23-3:6 I was licensed to preach on the first Sunday of June, 1973. I’ve been preaching for 24 years, with almost 10 of those years in the pulpit

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When I Am Still, I Hear the Quiet Voice

Fellowship Congregational Church, Tulsa, Okla. Reading for the Second Sunday after Epiphany: 1 Samuel 3:1-10  This past week I wrote to the Confirmation Class and members of the youth groups inviting them to a weekend retreat, the purpose of which will be to learn a

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Scattered People

Trinity River Church, Minneapolis, Minn.  Readings for Christ the King Sunday (26th Sunday after Pentecost): Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46 Turkey. Stuffing. Potatoes (Mashed or Sweet). Cranberries. Pumpkin Pie. Football. Nap. Leftovers. Thanksgiving will be here in a few days, and there is

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A Laughing Hope

First Congregational Church of Berkeley, Calif. Readings for the Third Sunday after Pentecost: Genesis 18:1-15, Romans 5:1-8 It is remarkable and fitting that on the day we dedicate to remembering our fathers, we should hear a story about Abraham, whose name means “Father of a

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In the Flesh

First Congregational Church of Berkeley, Calif. Reading for the Fourth Sunday of Advent: Matthew 1:18-25 The day has come. Christmas Eve. We have waited and it has arrived, as it does every year, on time. Whether it seems early or late, to have come quickly