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Sermons on Faith

Faces of Our Faith: Shadrach, Meschach & Abednego

Faces of Our Faith: Shadrach, Meschach & Abednego The Rev. Bart Smith The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (September 23, 2018) Daniel 3 (selected verses) The Scripture passage from Daniel 3 was rearranged into play script for worship. NARRATOR: King Nebuchadnezzar made a gold statue. It was ninety feet high and nine feet wide. He set it up in the Dura Valley in…

Family Values

We say things like “children of God” or “we’re like a family here.” But because we say those words so often, I think their meaning gets lost or diluted sometimes. So what does it mean to be a child of God? What does it mean to be the family of God?

There’s power in a name

In our dominant American culture, names tend to say more about our family ties or what our parents found pleasant-sounding around the time of our birth. But in other cultures, names say something about one’s character and destiny. This is especially the case in the cultures of the Bible.

Have it your way

Looking back over our personal histories, how many of our lives have changed because of those moments when we followed the tug of the Spirit and took the riskier, less convenient, or more truthful route? It’s often in the opposite direction of having it our usual way that was Jesus said comes into full view: “The kingdom of God has come near.”

Reclaiming Mary – Favor

As someone who was young, poor, and illiterate, Mary was not among the affluent or at the center of power, but lived in a village in the backwaters of the Roman Empire. This is who God honors—the least, the marginalized, the vulnerable. This is where God locates God’s self.

Reclaiming Mary – Yes

If we need to reclaim anything in Mary’s story—if we can reclaim anything in a story that is not ours in the first place, but the story of a young, poor woman living in occupied territory long ago—if we can reclaim anything for Mary and for ourselves it is the freedom of her yes, the courage in her yes.