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John 20: 24-29 — Doubting Thomas

May 2, 2017 @ 4:15 pm

 

Rev. Emily Fleming on John 20: 24-29 and her reflection on Doubting Thomas.  I also included a little of our music after the sermon and before the benediction.  

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April 23, 2017 - Spiritual Gifts

April 23, 2017 @ 6:28 pm

 

Acts 6: 1-7.  Spiritual Gifts.  

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Luke 24: 1-12 Easter Sunday

April 16, 2017 @ 3:05 pm

This is the 9:00 Service at Hilltop.  I am indebted to David Watson and N. T. Wright for good quotes here.  

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Luke 18: 35 to 19: 10 — Seeing Jesus

April 9, 2017 @ 4:35 pm

The sermon is on the Luke 18: 35 to 19: 10.  I am not 100% sure why we read the passage before except maybe for the forecast of Calvary.  I used this as an opportunity to review where we had been over the earlier four weeks and try, key word - try, to put a cherry on top of those four reflections.  

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Lazarus and the Rich Man — Luke 16: 19-31

April 9, 2017 @ 3:30 pm

 

My take on this episode is that it is about privilege.  How do we leave it behind us?  Part of it is that we need to see those around us who are in need.  I do hope that Father Abraham is incorrect in that we can indeed understand God's message by listening to one who has returned from the dead.  

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Narrative Lectionary — New Testament Week Ten — Transfiguration

February 26, 2017 @ 3:27 pm

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Narrative Lectionary — New Testament Week Six — Peter makes himself vulnerable

January 24, 2017 @ 1:39 pm

 

This is from Psalm 90 and Luke 5.  

Emily Flemming and I are trying a little different approach.  We are going to read the other's scripture before the sermon with a teaching moment.  

This reflection is more from the Luke than the Psalm, but it gets to both.  I have been talking a little about Emotional Intelligence (EQ) of Jesus and how he has done, and offer Peter up here as a good example of how he has made himself open to the idea of possible change, and from that, a new vocation.  

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Narrative Lectionary — New Testament Week Five — Human Relations Sunday - Jesus preaches a Confrontational Sermon

January 15, 2017 @ 2:35 pm

We come back to the Luke 4 14-30 Passage a second time and build off of the where we were in Advent.  That sermon offered that Jesus knew who he was ... here he is inviting the congregation to expand the scope.  

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Narrative Lectionary — New Testament Week Four — Epiphany Sunday - John the Baptist

January 9, 2017 @ 6:33 pm

The reader on the Scripture Passages is Leigh Anne Duff -- and the scripture is Luke 3: 1-22.  Three ideas about how God works through John the Baptist that speaks to us in our particular now.  

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Narrative Lectionary — Week Thirteen — Advent 3: Isaiah 61 (and 59) meet Jesus in Nazareth

December 12, 2016 @ 2:36 pm

 

Advent 3 -- and we start to bend the arc of the biblical narrative towards Jesus through the eyes of Luke.  This is Jesus first sermon and it will get him in trouble.  He looks to Isaiah 61 (and 59) to find his voice.  

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