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SERMONS, HISTORY

Ellen F. Davis: Holy friendship

The story of Elijah and Elisha illustrates the way in which holy friendship addresses the basic human need to draw close to God, says a Duke Divinity School professor in this sermon.

SERMONS, GOSPEL OF MARK, VOCATION

Michael B. Curry: We need some crazy Christians

Today’s Christians need to be as crazy as Jesus was, says the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in this sermon.

SERMONS, GOSPEL OF LUKE

Luke A. Powery: TGIF

One does not obliterate and destroy the past or the tradition, but one works to restore its joy; thus, we are open to divine disruption, says the dean of Duke University Chapel.

SERMONS, GOSPEL OF MATTHEW, RECONCILIATION, COMMUNITY

G. Lee Ramsey Jr.: Las Vegas and the violence in God's vineyard

In the aftermath of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, a homiletics professor and UMC pastor finds an important message in the parable of the vineyard owner’s son: Enough is enough. God did not mean for us to live this way.

SERMONS, GOSPEL OF MATTHEW

Phil Woodson: Who is Jesus?

Hundreds of people, like Peter, left the safety of the ship and threw themselves into the jaws of death to counter a rally of neo-Nazis and white supremacists, writes a pastor at First United Methodist Church Charlottesville.

CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP, PASTORAL LEADERSHIP, RECONCILIATION, SERMONS

Lisa L. Thompson: Preaching and teaching about gun violence

Guns and gun violence may not be addressed in Scripture, but human dignity, the sanctity of life and other matters that speak to the issue and resonate with Christians’ core beliefs are, says the Union Theological Seminary homiletics professor.

SERMONS, LETTERS, RECONCILIATION

William B. Kincaid: 'Your anger does not produce God's righteousness'

In a heated political season, a seminary professor was eager to use a verse from James as an indictment of others. But what if he was the intended audience all along?

SERMONS, GOSPEL OF JOHN

Richard Lischer: That's when the trouble starts

As Jesus, John the Baptist and M.L. King discovered, tell the truth, and that’s when the trouble starts, says the professor emeritus of preaching. Can the Christian witness make a dent in the culture of lies?

SERMONS, LETTERS

Luke A. Powery: There's work to do; or, An open letter to my children

Some may shake their heads in disapproval or approval of the election results, but the bottom line is that there’s work to do, says the dean of Duke Chapel in this sermon.

THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION, SERMONS, GOSPEL OF JOHN

Prince Raney Rivers: What I learned from preaching the entire Gospel of John

Preaching on John for nearly a year helped a congregation and its pastor enter deeply into the biblical narrative in a new way.

CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP, SERMONS, GOSPEL OF JOHN

William B. Kincaid: The leadership of laughter

Less talk and more joy. Less explanation and more playfulness. Less selling and promoting and more embodying and expressing the sheer wonder and joy of our faith. This is what ministry is meant to be like, grounded in the laughter of God, a seminary professor says in this ordination sermon.

SERMONS, LETTERS, RECONCILIATION, COMMUNITY

Kara K. Root: The true wisdom

Underneath and behind and inside everything is a deeper wisdom and reality, the heartbeat that keeps the whole world alive: We belong to God; we belong to each other. Let it pulse through you. Let it bring you back to life, says a Minnesota pastor in this sermon.

SERMONS

Ken Shigematsu: God is at work

We work hard, but we also sleep, because God gives to us, his beloved, while we sleep; we invest, but we also rest, because God is at work while we rest, says the senior pastor of Tenth Church in Vancouver, British Columbia, in this sermon.

SERMONS, ACTS OF THE APOSTLES, PENTECOST, LITURGICAL SEASONS

Luke A. Powery: Our own native tongue

The image of God at Pentecost is multilingual, multicultural and multiethnic, not for a politically correct agenda, but because the gospel demands it. The gospel is polyphonic, the dean of Duke Chapel says in this Pentecost sermon.

SERMONS, GOSPEL OF MARK

Kara K. Root: Stop. Rest. Come back to real life. This is the reason for Sabbath

Practicing Sabbath draws us back into the kingdom of God -- where we all belong to God and to each other, and God is the one holding the reins, says a Presbyterian pastor in this sermon.

SERMONS, LETTERS

Leanne Van Dyk: Welcome one another

At her inauguration as president of Columbia Theological Seminary, Van Dyk said the admonition to welcome one another in Romans 15 must spur us on to deeper faithfulness to the costly and difficult work of welcome.

SERMONS, PENTATEUCH, GOSPEL OF JOHN, TECHNOLOGY, SOCIAL MEDIA

Samuel Wells: Is social media trending or transforming?

Social media is helping us see that the Holy Spirit is much more unpredictable, subversive and playful than the church would usually like it to be, says the vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields in London in this sermon.

SERMONS, GOSPEL OF JOHN

Gary R. Hall: Following Jesus will always be a minority enterprise

Following Jesus entails some risk. It means signing on to some values that push deeply against the culture, says the dean of Washington National Cathedral.

SERMONS, GOSPEL OF MARK

William H. Lamar IV: Let us go to the other side

Faith and fear have always been intertwined in the Christian imagination, and our continued failure to reckon with it can only lead to continued violence, the pastor of Metropolitan AME Church says in this sermon.

SERMONS, ACTS OF THE APOSTLES

Laura Everett: To fully preach the gospel, we need to sit with people wildly different from us

Great reading offers the chance to sit alongside interesting people and listen in as they read aloud. This is what Philip discovered in his encounter with the Ethiopian eunuch, says the executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches in this sermon.

HEALTH & WELL-BEING, EMOTIONAL HEALTH, SERMONS, LETTERS

Christi O. Brown: Holy friendships

A pastor in South Carolina reflects on the deep friendships that enable us to embody the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ together.

LITURGICAL SEASONS, ADVENT, SERMONS, PROPHETS

Samuel Wells: Never mind the width

In Advent, dare to feel the depth. Never mind the width. If you're tired of waiting, go deeper, says the noted preacher.

LITURGICAL SEASONS, FEAST DAYS, SERMONS, REVELATION, GOSPEL OF MATTHEW

G. Lee Ramsey Jr.: Robed in white around the throne

Halloween, All Saints’, All Souls’ Day and the Day of the Dead remind us of who is in charge of life and death. They help us see God’s revelation, a Memphis pastor says in this sermon.

HEALTH & WELL-BEING, EMOTIONAL HEALTH, SERMONS, GOSPEL OF MATTHEW

Mel Williams: Let it go…and rest

Jesus gives a clear invitation and a promise: “Come to me, you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Jesus is still teaching us this wisdom, handing us four gifts -- Sabbath, release, wellspring and energy for mission, says a retired Baptist pastor.

LITURGICAL SEASONS, PENTECOST, SERMONS, PENTATEUCH, ACTS OF THE APOSTLES

Jason Byassee: What is Pentecost?

Pentecost says this: We are called to be the church Jesus dreams about -- one that is on fire, that speaks in other tongues, one that is a hurricane, says a pastor.

LITURGICAL SEASONS, EASTER, SERMONS

David J. Wood: Easter evidence

One might expect the Gospel accounts of the Resurrection to reflect better on the disciples, says an Illinois pastor. But the story is unambiguous on this point: they were confused, perplexed and deathly afraid.

SERMONS, PROPHETS, LETTERS, GOSPEL OF LUKE

Michael Pasquarello: So what are we waiting for?

As the prophet Habakkuk discovered, waiting is the most important thing we do, says a professor of preaching at Fuller Theological Seminary.

SERMONS, GOSPEL OF MATTHEW

Lauren F. Winner: Ode to Jimmy Carter

When the desert fathers withdrew from the city, they found that they could not escape thoughts of their former lives of ease. So they developed a three-step method to retrain their thoughts: notice, quarantine and replace.

SERMONS, PENTATEUCH, GOSPEL OF JOHN, LITURGICAL SEASONS, HOLY WEEK

Jason Byassee: Ask hard questions

Ask hard questions. God is ready for them, says a theologian and pastor.

SERMONS, WISDOM

Luke Powery: Unless the Lord

Psalm 127 is rooted in a fundamental trust in God rather than trust in our own anxious toil. Our work can then become an act of trust, not arrogance, says the dean of Duke Chapel.

LITURGICAL SEASONS, FEAST DAYS, SERMONS, PROPHETS

Laura Everett: When heaven tastes like Jell-O salad

All Souls is the respect we pay to the dead and the reminder of life to us who still mourn, says the executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches in a homily for All Souls Requiem.

SERMONS, GOSPEL OF MATTHEW

Charles Campbell: Jesus the jester and the gospel's new, unsettling riddles

Riddling truth to power, Jesus the jester melts the solidity of the world, rearranging it and calling for new discernment, new perception and new life, says the Duke homiletics professor.

MISSIONS & EVANGELISM, SERMONS, REVELATION, GOSPEL OF MATTHEW

Samuel Wells: Shaking the dust

That's the life of a missionary -- shaking dust. So shake, shake, shake, and let God do what only God can do, says the noted preacher.

 

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