Sermons


Knowing and Being Known

In our Oakhurst Baptist covenant, we promise to know and love one another and be willing to be known and loved by others, too. How does knowing one another influence how we grow together in faith? How does it affect how we teach and how we learn from one another? Listen as Pastor Melanie Vaughn-West and long-time teacher and mentor Mark Bumgardner reflect on knowing and being known at Oakhurst on Christian Education Sunday.

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Who’s Invited?

“Who’s invited!?” We receive the Evite and scroll through the list to see who else will be there. How many people? Do we get along? Are they fun? Are these the right questions? Listen as Pastor Melanie Vaughn-West takes a look at Jesus’ invitation list.

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Religious Spiritual Jesus

Is Jesus the founder of the Christian religion? Or is he the model for spiritual-but not-religious people? Or are those even the right questions? Listen as David Rensberger searches for the right question.

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Moses’ Suspect Past

Through the Exodus story, our youth helped us examine the various roles we play in our lives and assured us that no matter our choices, God still chooses us. Listen as Annabette Vellines encourages us that God will still seek out and use our stubborn, shady, reluctant selves.

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The Power That Is Love

It is nothing new to say that “God is Love” and that Jesus is God’s Love incarnate. But what is this Love we’re talking about? A warm and fuzzy feeling? The subject of countless popular songs? In our world, and in our churches, Love is given lip service, but, in practice, is usually seen as weakness. And yet a New Zealand Prayer Book prayer reads, “…you reign in the glory of the power that is love….” What is this power inherent in Love? Listen as Minister of Music Karen Bryant Shipp explores the Power that is Love.

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“Amen to Prayer”

When we discuss prayer we are quickly hip-deep in a sucking bog. The Rev. David Lose, pastor of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, writes, “Prayer is not only at the heart of the Christian life, it is also at the heart of a lot of Christian frustration, misunderstanding, and even pain.” (Working Preacher, David Lose, 7/18/2010) Listen as Rev. Bob Duvall attempts to walk us through what can be the muck and mire of prayer.

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So Many Things

We knowingly distract ourselves with many things, giving them acceptable names like work, service, responsibility, and relationship. And then, there are the distractions we don’t recognize at all. What keeps us from listening to ourselves? Or from hearing the loving voice of God call us by name? Listen as Pastor Lauren Colwell wrestles with these questions.

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The Vulnerable Samaritan

What keeps us from loving ourselves enough so that we might also love our neighbors? Listen as Ashley Robinson helps us ponder this question and more.

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Inside Out

How can reading the bible “from below,” from a non-privileged social position, flip our understanding of what’s going on in it? Using the story of Naaman and Elisha, from 2 Kings 5, David Rensberger explores how an insider can hear the word of God from outsiders and underdogs.

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Road Rules

What are we to make of Jesus’ clear intent to head toward Jerusalem followed by a meandering path of interruptions? Intentions and Interruptions? Listen as Rev. Bob Duvall shares his thoughts.

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