Serving God and Mammon

By John B. Cobb, Jr. Luke story of the rich, young ruler It has been very risky for a long time now to make statements about what Jesus said. Accordingly, I won’t claim that the explicit assertion that we cannot serve both God and Mammon came from him. But unless the synoptic writers seriously misunderstood him,…

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Scales Fell From His Eyes

By John B. 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. In this whole passage there is a double change. On the road to Damascus, in the figurative sense, we might well say Paul had his most…

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Resurrection People

By Mary Kay 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…

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Prayer

By John B. 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…

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Peace in a Nanosecond

By Sharon R. Graff Date Delivered:  September 19, 2004 Location: Redlands United Church of Christ Amos 8:4-7 1 Timothy 2:1-7 Luke 16:1-13 [Although it is I doing the speaking for the next few minutes, much of this meditation is an internal dialogue I’ve enjoyed this week with Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk from Vietnam and…

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On Becoming a Mystical Progressive

By Bruce G. Epperly Date Delivered:  August 13, 2006 Location: Unitarian Universalist Community of Lancaster Genesis 28:10-17 Exodus 3:1-5 John 1:1-5, 9 Earth’s crammed with heaven and every common bush afire with God; And only he who sees, takes off his shoes – The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries. (Elizabeth Barrett Browning) There is…

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New Life

By Mary Kay 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…

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Loving the Law?

By Bruce G. 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 How can the reading of the Law be a source of celebration? For most of us, the law is something that stifles, inspires fear of punishment, and limits our freedom.…

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Joy in All Things

By Bruce G. 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: A vision of the world in which live, a perspective on life and God’s presence in our lives…

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John 6

By Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki Date Delivered: August 13, 2006 Location: Claremont United Methodist Church, Claremont, CA John 6 The gospel of John has not exactly been my favorite gospel. I like parables—there’s not a single parable in John! And I am profoundly moved by Matthew 25, so clearly identifying Jesus with the oppressed…”I was hungry and you…

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