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Resources from 2016 to 2018

  • Lent 4C (2016)

    by David Fredrickson
  • Reconciling Love

    Video Starter by Nikki Hardeman
  • Reconciliation

    by Lois Malcolm
  • Getting in on the Deal

    by Nathan Nettleton
  • 2 Corinthians 5:15

    by Steve Pankey
  • Life Together: Reconciliation

    by David Russell
    Last Sunday evening, we watched the Tony awards. I don’t typically watch the Tonys, but because of the musical “Hamilton” – Zoe is a huge fan – we were watching. Hamilton won 11 awards, and like many people, we were taken by Lin Manuel Miranda’s acceptance speech for Best Musical Score. His speech was a sonnet that began with thanks to his wife and concluded with an audacious word of hope: ...We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger. We rise and fall and light from dying embers. Remembrances that hope and love last longer. And love is love is love is love is love is love is love Cannot be killed or swept aside.
  • A Whole New World

    by David Russell
    Douglas Adams was waiting for a train in Cambridge, England. He had some time before his train, so he bought a newspaper to do the crossword, and got a cup of coffee and a package of cookies. He went and sat at a table. There was a guy sitting across the table, wearing a business suit and carrying a briefcase. Everything seemed pretty normal, nothing unusual, when suddenly the man in the business suit leaned across, picked up the package of cookies, tore it open, took one out, and ate it. Adams said that this is the sort of thing the British are very bad at dealing with. He wasn’t sure how to respond, but in he just ignored it. He stared at his newspaper, took a sip of coffee, and tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he reached out and took a cookie for himself. “That will take care of it,” he thought. But it didn’t. A moment or two later the other guy did it again. Since Adams hadn’t said anything the first time, it seemed even harder to say anything now. So he took another cookie himself. It went back and forth like this. There were only 8 cookies in the package, but still, it seemed to take forever. Finally, after all the cookies were gone, the other man stood up. The two exchanged looks and the other man walked away. Adams breathed a sigh of relief. In another moment or two it was time to get ready for the train, so Adams stood up, picked up his newspaper, and there under the newspaper was his package of cookies. Two people experienced the same event but saw it in very different ways...
  • Ministries and Messages

    by Thomas Steagald
  • Lent 4C (2016)

    by Wesley White

Resources from 2010 to 2015

  • Lent 4C (2010)

    by Daniel Berry
  • Be Reconciled

    by Daniel Bollerud
  • Cause for a Celebration

    by Daniel Bollerud
  • God's Love Gets Through

    by Daniel Bollerud
  • All the Difference

    by Alan Brehm
  • Lent 4C (2013)

    by Brendan Byrne
  • New Creation

    by Robert Cornwall
  • Lent 4C (2010)

    by Holly Hearon
  • Lent 4C (2013)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Lent 4C (2010)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Lent 3C (2010)

    by Kirk Kubicek
  • Where Were You on 9/11?

    by Philip W. McLarty
    In 2006 I went to Turkey as the guest of an organization called, "Institute for Interfaith Dialogue." For ten days I traveled around the country with a small group from San Antonio. In our group were Christians, Jews and a couple of Unitarians. Our hosts were three young Muslims. The leader's name was Veysel Demir, a native of Turkey, who was then working on a Ph.D. at the University of Texas, San Antonio. Veysel shepherded our group with the poise of a saint. He had a kind and gentle spirit and a smile that could light up the room. In spite of the stress of making connections and staying on schedule, Veysel kept calm, cool and collected. He exhibited an inner peace and a quiet self-confidence. When we talked about Islam and the Qu'ran – which we did a lot of – he was honest and open in answering our questions and sharing his faith, never dogmatic or argumentative. From time to time, he'd break away from the group to pray. "I'll be right back," he'd say, then he'd slip away to find a nearby mosque. When we passed a beggar on the street, he'd quietly hand him a lira or two and offer a word of kindness. Once, he saw that we were thirsty and out of water. Just like that he showed up with bottled water for everyone. I've never met a more gracious and thoughtful individual. And so, when I hear Paul telling the Galatians that the fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22), one of the first images that comes to mind is the face of Veysel Demir...
  • A New Worldview

    by Georgia Patton
  • Boasting in the Heart

    by Nanette Sawyer
  • Feel the Burn

    Sermon Starter by Leonard Sweet
  • Lent 4C (2013)

    by Wesley White
  • Lent 4C (2010)

    by Wesley White
  • Reconciliation

    by Sue Whitt
  • Lent 4C (2013)

    by Carla Works

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