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  • First and Last Grace

    Video with Eric Anderson
  • Sermon Starters (Lent 2A)(2020)

    by Doug Bratt
    Will Campbell was a remarkable Christian activist and theologian. He was also one of the few people who were able to maintain friendships with both members and victims of the Ku Klux Klan. As a result, Campbell was able to be deeply involved in the trial of Sam Bowers, the former Imperial Wizard of the Klan whom authorities tried for the murder of civil rights worker Vernon Dahmer. For most of the trial he sat with Dahmer’s family. Periodically, however, Campbell went and sat with Bowers, whom he’d known for forty years. Dahmer’s family is large and loving. Sam Bower is now virtually all alone in the world. After the trial was over, a reporter from the New York Times asked Will Campbell, “Why do you seem to be on both sides?” Will answered, nearly as memorably as profanely, “Because I’m a ‘@#*% Christian.” In commenting on that, Fleming Rutledge says all sons and daughters of Abraham and Sarah are all, in a real sense, “blankety-blank Christians.” God’s chosen people are, after all, by nature under the power of sin. We deserve to go to hell. But by becoming a curse for us, Christ freed us from the power of sin. As a result, God doesn’t just credit our faith to us as righteousness. God doesn’t, in other words, merely accept believing Christians. God also longs to remake even people like Sam Bowers...
  • Abraham's Children

    by Bob Cornwall
  • Exegesis (Romans 4:1-5,13-17)

    by Richard Niell Donovan
  • Lent 2A (2020)

    by Imir Gashi
  • Lent 2A (2020)

    by Sarah Heinrich

Resources from 2017 to 2019

  • Lent 2A (2017)

    by John Duncan
  • Changing the Story

    Video Starter by Nikki Hardeman
  • Lent 2A (2017)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Lent 2A (2017)

    by Scott Hoezee
    On December 12, 2013, a man walked into a Walmart store in central Florida and paid off more than $20,000 worth of layaway bills for people he didn’t know. His name was Greg Parady, a local financial planner. He had heard a lady out in one of the aisles talking about how she needed to pay off her layaway but she didn’t think she would be able to take care of it all this year. So Parady walked back to the offices, pulled out his credit cards, and paid off one bill after another. “I can’t believe his cards didn’t melt, he was running them so fast,” said assistant manager Deb Davis. He used his credit to take care of their debts. They got the credit without actually paying their debt. Many wept in gratitude at the action of that “layaway Santa.”...
  • Living Gratis

    by Peter Keyel
  • Lent 2A (2017)

    by J. R. Daniel Kirk
  • Just Believe?

    by Kelley Land

Resources from 2014 to 2016

  • Knees

    by Dan Bollerud
  • Less Free Time

    by Dan Bollerud
  • Repenting of My Righteousness: A Jewish Ritual for a Lenten Discipline

    by Daniel Clendenin
    ("There's a thin line between true righteousness and self-righteousness, between sanctification that beautifies me and sanctimony that blinds me. The losing battle of self-justification is hard to quit. Our Jewish forbears have an ancient ritual to address this problem. It's called Kol Nidre — in Aramaic, 'all vows'. The Kol Nidre is a declaration that is recited at the beginning of the service on the eve of Yom Kippur...")
  • Lent 2A

    by Phil Heinze
  • Lent 2A (2014)

    by Israel Kamudzandu
  • Lent 2A (2014)

    by Wesley White

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