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  • Root of Jesse

    Video with Eric Anderson
  • Straight Talk to Bring Out the Good

    by Jim Chern
    Not too long ago, sitting in a doctors office waiting room, frustrated that I had forgotten to bring some work with me and not getting great cell service that I could catch up on words with friends games or something mindless – I ended up picking up one of their magazines. Who knew they even made these things anymore? The assortment the office had didn’t have a lot of options. There was Oprah’s magazine with her on the cover, once again… People magazine…Entertainment weekly… the most “masculine” of the assortment was Esquire. As I flipped page by page, I came on this story about a Hollywood actor who’s name really wasn’t familiar to me (must be getting old) Shia LeBeouf. What-a Le- What? Anyway the headline writer wins. “Shia LeBeouf is ready to talk about it – the actor sets out to save his career – and his soul.” Got this priest’s attention. While there’s been a history in LeBeouf’s career of embarrassing stories surrounding his abuse of alcohol, what was the breaking point and put him in the spotlight as possibly the last straw took place in the Fall of 2017. He was filming a movie in Georgia and was out partying late one night. At 4:00 in the morning, a highly intoxicated LeBeouf stumbled upon two strangers looking for a cigarette...
  • Exegesis (Isaiah 11:1-10)

    by Richard Donovan
  • Advent 2A (2019)

    by Phil Heinze
  • A Shoot from the Stump of Jesse

    by Janet Hunt
    If you have walked alongside me for a while, you have heard me speak of her before: a woman in her 30’s who I had called on at the county jail. I brought her a Bible then, the first she had ever owned. She was sent away to complete her sentence last spring and since then we have corresponded occasionally. I have marveled to see faith blossom in her, in the most unlikely of places. Or so it seems to me. Here is part of what she wrote a few days back: I’m learning that Thanksgiving is more about being thankful for the things God has brought into your life, rather than anything traditional. Being here, I am surrounded by moms, grandmas, daughters, etc. We are all hurting in some ways. Some more than others. Hurting… longing…just plan sad… we hare here, not with our families. We should be busy making cookies, pies, yummy food, turkey, crafts, shopping, helping those in need… but again… we are here. We are in what is considered the most miserable place in the U.S. As I sit in my room and look out the window at the sky and the trees that are almost bare, I am thankful that I am so very blessed...
  • Advent 2A (2019)

    by Elaine Ireland
  • Narrative Podcast (Proper 28)(2019)

    with Rolf Jacobson, Craig R. Koester and Kathryn M. Schifferdecker
  • Root of Jesse (Isaiah)

    Art and Theology by Victoria Jones
  • Sermon Starters (Advent 2A)(2019)

    by Stan Mast
    In the politically and militarily charged atmosphere of the Western world, it is clear that people are looking for a leader who will satisfy their needs. So, you can introduce this text by asking people what they are looking for in a leader. Are you looking for strength or compassion, toughness or tenderness, intellectual prowess or emotional intelligence? Will you be attracted by a fresh new platform, a set of world-changing promises, or an experienced leader who has demonstrated skills? Does age matter, or gender, or upbringing, or church membership? Will the person’s piety make a difference to you, or will you focus on political savvy? Are you looking for someone who will pursue your particular interests, or for someone who has a vision far beyond your own personal concerns? Will you vote for someone who has the right ideas or someone who is personally righteous? What are you looking for in a leader? Now compare that to what God sent in the Branch of Jesse.
  • Choose a Better Way

    by Kate Matthews
  • Miracles Proclaimed

    by Glenn Monson
  • Hope in the Spirit

    by Steve Pankey
  • Advent 2A (2019)

    by Megan Pardue
  • Our Holy Mountain

    by Zoë Tobin Peterson
  • The Perfect World Is Not A Utopian Nightmare

    by Christy Randazzo
    The first works of speculative politics, which sought to outline the ideals, values, and concerns of a “perfect society,” were arguably Plato’s Republic, and the Analects of Confucius. Yet, neither is “utopian” in any classical sense, for the very simple reason that the term “utopian” is traced to Thomas More’s landmark novel, Utopia, which was written nearly two millennia after these two other works. The commonly accepted definition of utopia is of a perfect society or community—usually imagined—which provides highly desirable living conditions and freedom from any pain or suffering for all of its citizens. More creates something new with his work, however: the new binary framework of utopia/dystopia. Through his playful satirizing of the concept of “perfect society,” he sows doubt about whether his speculative society is perfect, or actually, the exact opposite. More establishes his intent from the outset with the name he chooses: “utopia.” Hidden within the name is a truly clever pun, for the letter u in English can either match the Greek prefix “ou” (which means “no”), or “eu” (which means “good”). So, Utopia could just as easily mean “no place” as “good place.” Obviously, More took the satirical aspect of his work quite seriously, and this satire extends throughout the work, in that it’s never clear whether More is lauding this society, or simply demonstrating the radical (and potentially quite frightening, depending on your perspective) implications of the society’s core principles...
  • Justice and Injustice

    by Gregory Rawn
  • Promise and Paradox

    by Joslyn Ogden Schaefer
  • Advent 2A (2019)

    by Casey Thornburgh Sigmon

Resources from 2016 to 2018

  • Advent 2A (2016)

    by Doug Bratt
  • Advent 2A (2016)

    by Michael Chan
  • The Peaceable Kingdom

    by Bob Cornwall
  • Come This Way!

    by Jim Eaton
    Knud Dyby was a Dane and a member of the King’s Guard. When the Nazi’s conquered Denmark in 1940 and attempted to raise their flag over the capital, he helped take it down. He was a sailor and knew the best routes out of Copenhagen. In 1943, when the Germans ordered the round up of Danish Jews, he participated in the effort that helped over 7,000 Jews escape to Sweden. Asked, “Why did you risk your life to save total strangers?”, he said, It was our duty, it was just something one did; …there was a sense of outrageous indignation that anyone would harm their fellow compatriots, their neighbor humans – their neighbor kids, their grandmothers, members of their community, no matter what religion they espoused.
  • You Shall Blossom

    by Steve Garnaas-Holmes
  • Live in Harmony

    by Peter Haynes
  • Advent 2A (2016)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Beyond Sight and Sound

    by John Holbert
  • The Image of a Child

    by Michael Anthony Howard
  • Growing Together

    by Kate Matthews
  • How Peaceable? (Isaiah)

    Art and Faith by Lynn Miller
    It's hard to resist Isaiah's "Peaceable Kingdom" (Isaiah 11:1-10) when it shows up in the lectionary readings for Advent 2A. It appears to have been reasonably easy for artists to resist that scene for centuries, though. The American artist most connected with the subject is a Quaker painter named Edward Hicks. Hicks painted the subject more than 60 times over the course of his artistic life...
  • Is It for Real?

    by Nathan Nettleon
  • Christmas Conflict

    by Dave Russell
    The story is told of a king who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Artists from far and wide entered the competition. The king looked at all the paintings, but there were only two that he really liked and he had to choose between them. One was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror, and peaceful towering mountains were all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. Everyone who saw this painting thought that it was a perfect picture of peace. The other picture had mountains too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky. Rain was falling and lightning was flashing. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. At first glance, this painting did not look peaceful at all. But on closer inspection, behind the waterfall there was a small bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush of water, sat the mother bird on her nest... perfect peace.
  • A Word of Hope

    by David Russell
    I heard a story recently about a church in Nebraska, an American Baptist church. The church had declined to the point where it really couldn’t stay open anymore. They only had a handful of members and the bank account was running down. But they decided to go out with a bang. They took their remaining funds and decided to hold a big barbecue for the neighborhood, kind of like a going away party. They dropped off flyers, invited all the neighbors, and the extended church family such as it was showed up for one last hurrah. It was advertised as a free barbecue for the community for anybody who wanted to come. The little group of members were surprised when quite a few of the neighbors actually showed up. Some hadn’t really noticed the church before, or hadn’t paid much attention. The church put on a nice feed, people visited and had a good time, a couple of people sang for a little entertainment segment. And some of the neighbors who came wanted to make a donation to help pay for the meal. “Oh, no, it’s free – we’re just glad you came,” church members said. But people insisted. It wasn’t just one person, it was a number of people. So they reluctantly accepted the contributions. It turned out that they made more in contributions than they had spent on the food...
  • Isaiah's Earthly Hopes

    by Patricia Tull

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