Sermons

Live By the Spirit

Somewhere from one out of ten to one out of five Americans defines themselves as “spiritual but not religious”. Most strictly speaking, this means that the person does not have any organized religious affiliation; in some cases, even defines herself as agnostic or atheist. However, if you are spiritual but not religious, you nonetheless find a need for a pursuit of that which is other, that which is holy, that which betters the self and serves the whole.

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The Life I Now Live

Finish this sentence for me: you are not a Christian if you…

How do you think that sentence ends? You are not a Christian if you… what? What is it about what you say or do or believe or are that someone says keeps you from living a life in Christ? There have been a few ways that others have finished that sentence for me.

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Salvation is Provided

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

Do you like history? I like history. It is interesting and challenging.

It helps us to understand who we are and why we are the way we are. It doesn’t matter if you are talking about your family history or the history of the city in which you live, the state in which you live or the country in which you live. There is always something to be learned.

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Unless Someone Guides Me

Let me start with a hypothetical situation. If I were to tell you that a white, straight, blue-collar, male, gun-owning, evangelical fundamentalist from a southern state ran into a black, lesbian, academic, female, Bernie-backing, progressive Protestant from a major urban area, and the two just so happened to immediately connect about scripture, and not only would they inspire each other to greater faith, but not a single word would be wasted on all their differences and arguments, but rather the two would come away still more ready to serve God in their own, dramatically different lives, would you suppose for even a second that such a thing could be possible?

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Appointed to this Task

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

Now during those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution of food.

Are you a little confused as you listened to the reading today?

I know what you are thinking – what is this all about? A food fight?

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First Century Fake News

When the women who had gone to the tomb return to the disciples and shared with them what they had seen and heard they received a less than positive response. This is how Luke tells the story – and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.

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