Sermon: Giving Power to the Promise

Genesis 9:8-17 With neighborhood cookouts and concerts, block parties, and art festivals, this is the weekend when communities around the nation celebrate Juneteenth. You might know, this holiday got started in Texas on June Nineteenth, Eighteen Sixty-Five. That’s...

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Sermon: Holding On

Genesis 8:1-12 Right in the middle of the scripture Sylvia read, Noah looked out the window of the ark, and he saw the dove swooping toward him. And she had nothing in her beak. And she looked exhausted. Noah reached out the window so she could land on his bony...

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Sermon: After The Cross Broke

Galatians 3:1-9, Galatians 3:23-29 Somewhere around thirty-five years ago, protestant churches in the United States realized that the practice of going to church on Sunday was no longer just a normal thing that people did. So in an effort to reverse declining...

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Sermon: They’ll Know We Are Christians

Galatians 1:13-17 and Galatians 2:11-21 On that night, when Paul stormed over to Peter in the cafeteria in Antioch, Peter knew he had been caught. His face flushed, and he began stammering an explanation, and look, Paul is the one telling the story, and sure, Paul was...

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Sermon: When You Do Give A Care

Acts 15:1-18 In some years at Church of Peace, the first Sunday in May is Confirmation Sunday. Alongside celebrating our young people, one of the things I love about this Sunday is it asks all of us —everybody in the room— to imagine ourselves making the same...

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Sermon: The Horror of Our Ancestors’ Preaching

Acts 6:8-7:2a and Acts 7:44-60 Here's something that surprised me… In the Lenten study on the book So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo, we came upon a passage in which Oluo describes how future generations will look at all the good work for justice that you...

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Sermon: We Don’t Get It…

Luke 24:13-35 If you happened to make it to church last Sunday, then you might have heard the news. Jesus, who was killed on the cross, went and got up from the dead! The women were there. They saw the angels, they raced back and told the other disciples, and you...

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Sermon: Those Who Go Out Weeping

Luke 23:50-56 and Luke 24:1-12 Whoever wrote the Gospel of Luke employed a nifty narrative trick. He loved making the beginnings and endings match up, kind of like bookends. You’ll see this in the individual stories. You’ll see this in the arc of the Gospel, so if you...

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Sermon: The Threat of Peace

Luke 19:29-44 This is the day the LORD has made… This is the day Jesus comes riding into Jerusalem on a colt, and you won’t even believe it —the people realize who Jesus is! The crowds began throwing their coats on the ground. Some folks put their coats on the back of...

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Sermon: Invisible Fences

Luke 16:19-31 One of the first questions people ask when they begin reading the Bible is: So how do we know whether this stuff is real or made up? How do we know if it’s true… It’s like there’s a line in our minds dividing fact from fiction, the real from the...

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