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Paying it Forward: What is Your Motive?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Worship
Sunday, August 25, 2013

The instruction to “pay it forward” is about motives—about why we do what we do. This is kingdom language that teaches us not so much about the words we use, but about how we go about living the Kingdom.


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Hearing Voices

Rev. Katherine Baker

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

The faith community, in which we find our being, holds in tension a collection of voices — young and old, simple and complex, mystical and prophetic, popular and controversial — all needing to be heard. As we listen for all these voices, how are we made better as colleagues, students and teachers in Language School?


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Do You Have to Make Jesus God?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon    
Sunday, August 11, 2013

You may have heard people say, “Jesus was a great teacher, and really special, but can’t he just be human? Why does it have to be more complicated than that?” The church has long affirmed the paradoxical identity of Jesus: Jesus is both fully human and fully God. That says a lot about the God we believe in — especially in how He understands our suffering. Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on Philippians 2:1-8.


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A Safe Place

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Sexuality
Sunday, August 4, 2013

A subject like sexuality can be fraught with vulnerability, tenderness, and apprehension. When we engage sexuality, it’s appropriate to focus on creating a safe place for it — which is right where the Bible puts its emphasis too. Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on 1 Thessalonians 2:5–8.


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Do You Want To Be Healed?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Healed
Sunday, July 28, 2013

Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on John 5:1-15.


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The Other Magnificat: Why Don’t Christians Believe and Do the Same Things?

Rev. Katherine Baker

Sermon     Magnificat
Sunday, July 21, 2013

We each have a different response to faith that glorifies God; it's our task to remain authentic and viable to the faith journey which God has called us. Our Magnificat, then, is our response to Christ’s incarnation in our lives and our hope for daily living. Rev. Katie Baker preaching on Luke 10:38–42.


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Who is My Neighbor? And Why the Answer Matters

Rev. David Baak

Sermon     Neighbor
Sunday, July 14, 2013

“The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.” —G. K. Chesterton The challenge of loving our neighbor is no less real today than it was for Chesterton, or in fact, for the original audience who heard Jesus’ parables. “Who is my neighbor?” — a question that especially matters when we look at the parable from the “victim’s” eyes and think about from whom we might and might not be willing to accept neighborliness. Rev. David Baak preaching on Luke 10:25–37.


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God is Good

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     God is Good
Sunday, July 7, 2013

“This much I will tell: What’s lost is nothing to what’s found, and all the death that ever was, set next to life, would scarcely fill a cup.” —Frederick Buechner This Sunday, our ‘Language School’ series continues as we look at questions that challenge our faith: “How can you claim God is good? Have you read the news? Have you seen the suffering?” God’s greatest power is love, but it is so unlike what we understand that we can’t always grasp it — except one way: celebrating the Lord’s Supper. Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on selections from Job.


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What God Do You Believe In?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

If you’ve heard or read arguments against faith from atheists like Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, or Sam Harris, they’re firm in their rejection of God. But it turns out the God they reject is a God that most serious religious people also reject — an altogether different God than the God of the Bible. Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on Psalm 14.


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Don’t Be Afraid: Risking a Greater Imagination

Sherrill Vore

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

This Sunday, our Language School series continues! Sherrill Vore preaching on Genesis 28:10–22, ‘Don’t Be Afraid: Risking a Greater Imagination.’


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A Case of Mistaken Identity

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Mistaken Identity
Sunday, June 16, 2013

Our Language School series continues! Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on Luke 4:14–21, ‘A Case of Mistaken Identity: Isn’t All This Religious Stuff Just a Myth?’


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Language School

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Language School
Sunday, June 9, 2013

Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on Revelation 21:1-6.


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Praise Stands on Its Own

Rev. David Baak

Sermon     Praise
Sunday, June 2, 2013

Rev. David Baak preaching on Psalm 96.


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Changing Time Zones

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

A sermon by Rev. Chandler Stokes on John 11:1–44.


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Marriage and covenant

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     lgbt LGBTQ Marriage covenant
Sunday, July 18, 2010

A sermon by Rev. Chandler Stokes on Ruth 1:1–18. In this sermon, we focus on marriage. In 2008, our Session approved the ordination task force report called ‘A Visible Sign of the New Humanity.’ Among the report’s significant graces is that it makes clear that we do not expect everyone to make one conclusion in their understanding sexual orientation. If you haven’t read the report before, I commend it to you. Our sexuality is a gift, and it is not given in the same way to everyone. Yet, that is not the focus of today’s sermon; instead, the question today is “What relationships should the church bless?”


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