Tag Archives: Year B

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Relationships Matter

St. Paul-Reformation Lutheran Church, St. Paul, Minn. Readings for the 24th Sunday after Pentecost: I Kings 17:8-16, Hebrews 9:24-28, Mark 12:38-44 Even as our universe literally expands before our eyes (a la the new findings of the Hubble telescope and space exploration via satellites), we

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I Have Seen the Future

Christ United Methodist Church, Columbia, Md. Readings for the 12th Sunday after Pentecost: I Kings 2:10-12, I Kings 3:3-14, Psalm 111, Ephesians 5:15-20, John 6:51-58 I: A Glimpse of the Future Two weeks ago I spent a wonderful long weekend in Dekalb, Illinois at a

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Love God

Temple United Methodist Church, San Francisco, Calif. Reading for the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost: Mark 12:28-34 What is the most important commandment? I ask you that 2,000 year old question. It was asked by a teacher of the Law who should have known the answer.

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Loving Those Who Cannot Help Themselves

Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, Minneapolis, Minn.  Readings for the Seventh Sunday of Easter: 1 John 5:9-13, John 17:11b-19 Someday I’m going to preach a sermon on phrases some folks think are from the Bible. Phrases like: “The Lord helps those who help themselves.” People

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The Good News and the Eunuch

Emmanuel Baptist Church, Albany, N.Y. Reading for the Fifth Sunday of Easter: Acts 8:26-40 Introduction: The Ethiopian Eunuch is a fascinating character to me, not only because of who he is, but also because of the way he fits into the scriptures. The baptism of

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Being a Crazy Dog for Christ

Abundant Grace Community Church of Atlanta, Ga. Reading for the 24th Sunday after Pentecost: And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to go about in long robes, and to have salutations in the market places and the best seats in

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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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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