Sermons


“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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Existence as Resistance

Sometimes our resistance looks like marching, singing, preaching, or dancing in the face of oppression. Sometimes, our greatest act of resistance is to have the audacity to exist. Listen as Ashley Robinson encourages us to do just that.

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What’s in a Name?

We all have a name, and many of us several nicknames. We have names for God too that take all different shapes and forms. What happens when those names meet? What is in God’s name? What is in yours? Listen as Minister of Music Karen Bryant Shipp talks about what’s behind God’s name and when God calls yours.

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We Shall Be Released

Captivity takes all different forms. Sometimes it looks like high walls, sometimes like overwhelming circumstances, and sometimes it is not detectable at all. Listen as Rev. Bob Duvall reflects on how we can be “Buddha in a ten-foot cell” and indeed be released.

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God Is Love

Listen as Minister of Music Karen Bryant Shipp reflects on the ways we experience God. While they are varied and the many expressions speak to who we are, we can find commonality in God’s encompassing love.

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