Sermon

Written on the Heart

Author - First Name: 
Bruce G.
Author - Last Name: 
Epperly
Date Delivered: 
March 29, 2009

Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm 51:10-12 1
John 12:20-26

Why Was Jesus Killed?

Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

Mark 14:1b The chief priests and scribes were seeking how to arrest him by stealth, and kill him.

Mark's most explicit and direct answer to the question, "Why was Jesus killed?" is that the chief priests and scribes wanted him dead. But if we ask the question with any seriousness, that can only be the beginning. Why did they want to kill him?

What Does it Mean to be a Christian?

Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

John 8:31
Luke 4:18-19

The answers to this question are quite diverse. Some say that Christians are all those who place that label on themselves. For statistical surveys that is the best way to go. Many people who are not members of any church call themselves Christians, and that has some significance. On the other hand, there are some church members who will, when pressed, assert that they are not Christians. That they reject the label is also of some significance.

What About Rewards and Punishments?

Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

Psalm 97

Was Paul a Feminist?

Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

Romans 16:1-7

Of course, Paul was not a feminist as that term is strictly employed today. Prior to the very recent period, no one was. But in a broader sense, the women who founded Ewha (would not count as feminists by rigorous contemporary standards either. Yet, I do believe that they) were feminists. (in terms of the most basic concerns of feminists, even today.) And I believe the same was true of Paul.

A Trick Question or Invitation to Immortality

Author - First Name: 
Bruce G.
Author - Last Name: 
Epperly
Date Delivered: 
November 11, 2007

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 20:27-38

Transforming the Time

Author - First Name: 
Bruce G.
Author - Last Name: 
Epperly

I Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14
Psalm 111
Ephesians 5:15-20
John 6:51-59

Life is full of special moments – your first day at school, graduation from college, falling in love, your wedding day, the birth of a child, the day that God became more than a word to you. Life is also full of special places – your birth place, your home town, the summer house, the place where a loved one is buried, a monument to a great president.

Thinking Highly of Oneself

Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

Romans 12:3-8

Spirit–centered Progressives?

Author - First Name: 
Bruce G.
Author - Last Name: 
Epperly

Pentecost Sunday

Acts 2:1-21
Romans 8:22-27
John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

Scales Fell From His Eyes

Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

Acts 9:1-19

The idea that scales sometimes fall from our eyes has taken hold in Christendom. It describes figuratively an experience that many have had.

Resurrection People

Author - First Name: 
Mary Kay
Author - Last Name: 
Sauter
Date Delivered: 
April 12, 1998

Isaiah 65

Last week the woman took her children to a restaurant. Her 6-year-old son asked if he could say grace. As they bowed their heads, he said, “God is good, God is great. Thank you for the food, and I would thank you more if Mom gets us ice cream for dessert. And liberty and justice for all! Amen!"

Along with the laughter from other customers nearby, the mother heard a woman remark, “That’s what’s wrong with the country. Kids today don’t even know how to pray. Asking God for ice cream! Why, I never.”

Prayer

Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

O Thou, who art both Father and Mother of us all, we thank you for the beauty and love with which we are surrounded here. We thank you that we can live with others who share our gratitude to you and have concern one for another. We thank you that as the years pass and death draws closer, we will not be alone.

New Life

Author - First Name: 
Mary Kay
Author - Last Name: 
Sauter
Date Delivered: 
March 31, 2003

Easter Sunday

Cecil B. DeMille, a renowned playwright and producer of epic films such as the Ten Commandments, was asked to write a play about immortality. He went to his cottage in the Maine woods and began to think about the subject. One day he was fishing out in the middle of the lagoon when he noticed that hundreds of water beetles were climbing out of the water, and climbing up the reeds which surrounded his boat.

Loving the Law?

Author - First Name: 
Bruce G.
Author - Last Name: 
Epperly
Date Delivered: 
January 20, 2007

Third Sunday After the Epiphany
 
Nehemiah 8:1-3. 5-6, 8-10
Psalm 19
I Corinthians 12:12-31a
Luke 4:14-21

Joy in All Things

Author - First Name: 
Bruce G.
Author - Last Name: 
Epperly
Date Delivered: 
December 17, 2006

Advent 3, Year C

Isaiah 12:2-6
Philippians 4:4-9
Luke 7:7-18

Theme: Living joyfully
Location: Disciples United Community Church, Lancaster, PA

Good theology—clear and life-changing thinking about God—has three interconnected components:

Suchocki on John 6

Author - First Name: 
Marjorie Hewitt
Author - Last Name: 
Suchocki
Date Delivered: 
August 13, 2006

Location: Claremont United Methodist Church

John 6

Is Jesus a New Moses?

Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

Location: Emory University

Holy Week - Palm Sunday

Author - First Name: 
Bruce G.
Author - Last Name: 
Epperly

Philippians 2:5-11
Luke 19:28-40

Growing in Wisdom and Stature

Author - First Name: 
Bruce G.
Author - Last Name: 
Epperly
Date Delivered: 
December 31, 2006

Christmas 1, Year C

I Samuel 2:18-20, 26
Psalm 148
Colossians 3:12-17
Luke 2: 41-52

Theme: Spiritual growth
Location: Disciples United Community Church, Lancaster, PA

It is good to see so many of you here this morning! Traditionally, the Sundays after Easter and Christmas are considered “low” Sundays in the Christian year, opportunities for pastors and parishioners alike to take a much needed rest after the rigors of Holy Week and the Christmas season.

From Self-Centeredness to World Loyalty

Author - First Name: 
Bruce G.
Author - Last Name: 
Epperly
Date Delivered: 
March 8, 2009

Lent 2, Year B

Mark 8:31-38

 “The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes and Pharisees, and be killed, and after three days rise again.” In just one paragraph, we have Holy Week in a nutshell. We also have a vision of atonement, of the reconciliation of all things, and the surprising adventure of resurrection life.

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