Sermons

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At First Church we value engaging sermons that relate our Biblical texts to our contemporary world.

Transfiguration 2018

Mark 9:2-9 Light beamed from Jesus, emanated from his every pour. It looked like he was cloaked in a golden substance, that didn’t quite land on him, but hovered above his body, as he hovered above the earth, on the mountain, that hovered above the valley. The...

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Comfort, Comfort

Isaiah 40:1-11 Mark 1:1-8 Comfort, Comfort O my people. Why would we need comfort while anticipating the Christ child? Why would part of ‘what to expect when we are expecting,’ mean that we might need to be comforted, or comfort one another? While at the airport on...

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Cosmic Christ

Ephesians 1: 1-23 Delores Williams, wise womanist theologian and teacher, was my preaching professor Barbara Lundblad’s colleague when she first came to Union Seminary. Barbara remembers Delores Williams telling this story: that she grew up in the South and remembers...

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‘He Loved Jesus’

Luke 14:7-24 Here is the scene: Jesus eating at the home of one of the leaders of the Pharisee’s; an academic mainstream righteously religious crew-the cultural arbiters of ‘right religion’ if you know what I mean. They were watching Jesus closely. In live time a man...

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