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“Excel in Empathy”

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By Rev. Dr. Rodney Kennedy II Corinthians 8:7-15   Paul believes the church should excel in everything. How’s that for a church’s job description? This is what is expected of a senior pastor. Most churches are looking for superman and have to settle for strange flightless “birds” like me. Still the church seems to say, […]

Reflections on Peace and Violence

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By Rev. Dr. Rodney Kennedy The recent shooting in Alexandria, Virginia of members of Congress, capital police, and congressional staff members left me shaken. I thought that I should make some attempt at a pastoral response for you, my beloved congregation. Here are the words I wrote on the morning of June 14th. I offer […]

Taking the Bible Seriously – Rev. Dr. Rodney Kennedy

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Dr. Marvin McMickle has a sermon called “How Much of Leviticus Do You Really Want?” He says, “If I hear one more preacher tell me about Lev. 18:22, by itself, I will just scream.” Well, I agree with him. I’m tired of one-verse theology. Tired of it. It’s dishonest. It’s disconnected from the rest of […]

Looking for a Summer Project? – Rev. Dr. Rodney Kennedy

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If you are looking for a summer project, I invite you to take the summer session of Seminary for Seniors: Exploring the Bible. Register by calling the church office. We are going to spend some time investigating the art of reading Scripture. The class meets every other week. The class will meet on Thursday evenings […]

“Proclaiming God” Acts 17:16-34

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May 21, 2017 Sermon by The Rev. Dr. Rodney Kennedy Paul stood in front of the Areopagus.[1] This was a prominent rock outcropping of the Acropolis where what amounts to the Greek senate held debates, and murder trials were conducted. Let’s not miss the connection between the Athenian “rock” and the Jerusalem “rock” of Golgotha, […]

“Theology and Twitter!”

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Mark 6:6b-13   Here’s the story of how the church got started. Jesus sent out his twelve disciples in this radical itinerant ministry. He sent them into the villages and cities. They went without protection and without economic security. He gave them a message: Tell people to change the way they are living and enter […]

“I Shall Not Want”

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Psalm 23 Right off the bat, the conflict of the ages ensues as Moses the shepherd takes on Pharaoh, first of a long line of what can only be called beast-kings. Lest you think I’m being overdramatic, remember that ancient shepherds fought bears and lions to protect their sheep. Moses vs. Pharaoh could teach Luke […]

“How Jesus ‘Easters’ in Us”

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 Luke 24:13-35   A group of scholars were asked to identify the most fundamental need in the life of the church. Ellen Davis, one of the biblical scholars says of this meeting, “We agreed on the most fundamental need, namely, to learn again to read and teach the Bible confessionally within mainstream Christianity.”[1] Yes. I […]

Every Sunday is Easter

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Easter lasts until June 3. From Resurrection Sunday to Pentecost the church celebrates Easter. In the Gospels there are multiple appearances of the raised-from-the-dead Jesus. There’s doubt and skepticism and fear in the disciples, but they are also thrilled, excited, and encouraged. From a scattered, scared-out-of-their wits bunch, they start gathering once again for prayer, […]

Easter: God’s Second Big Bang – Luke 24:1-12

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Science and Christian faith are not enemies. We are not at war. From time to time the church in need of a devil, has picked on scientists. The result: the church left red-faced, the alleged devil exonerated. Like Galileo where the church at last had to sing, “Galileo we are sorry. We didn’t mean it. […]