Monthly Archives: July 2013

Abraham Pleads with God

July 28, 2013, Charissa Bradstreet, MDiv preaching

The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is a story that makes many of us uncomfortable, in no small part because the large scale act of judgment captures our attention. God eliminates two cities with rains of sulfur and fire. It seems another example of what many refer to as “the angry God of the Old Testament.” We are also uncomfortable because of a horrible and dangerous misreading of the text which has led to an association of Sodom with homosexuality. For those who believe homosexuality is a sin, this has become one of the texts used to justify their claims that God hates homosexuality. Read more

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Plumblines and Prophets

July 14, 2013, The Rev Kate Wesch preaching

God asks Amos, “What do you see?” and then, God says, “Go, prophesy!” Now, God asks each one of us. What do you see? Do you see institutional racism, workplace bias, ageism, poverty, or homelessness? What do you see that gets your blood boiling, your spirit agitated, and your soul hungry for change? Read more

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Endings: what will we do with our fear?

July 7, 2013, Diana Bender preaching

Today, we just heard the end of the book of Matthew. Within 3 weeks, I studied carefully the end of Luke, the end of John, the end of Matthew. At the same time, I experienced the end of my job and a major life work, and the end of a big phase of my parenting career. I think God is trying to get my attention. Something about endings maybe?
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