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The Wise People Are in The House

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Sermon by Rev. Dr. Rodney Kennedy (Jan. 7, 2018) Matthew 2:1-11 In Matthew’s story some folks show up late. There is no criticism of the late-comers. Some cultures have no category for late. I am glad the magi made it: better late than never. Other cultures have an intense relationship with time. I played baseball […]

“Living As People Who Are Awake” (Sermon 12/10/17)

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Sermon by The Rev. Dr. Rodney Wallace Kennedy Timothy is in his study in Thessalonika, where he is bishop of Macedonia. It is A.D. 96, and Timothy is under terrific pressure to record his version of the Sacred Story, since, far in the future, a cyberpunk (the Hacker) has been systematically destroying the tapes that […]

“Wake Up!” (12/3/17 sermon)

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Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Rodney Wallace Kennedy Mark 13:24-37 We have a difficult text. It requires background to help us understand. Background is not usually all that interesting for people who just want the preacher to get to it and wrap it up in a nice short package, but if we are going to […]

Is America A Righteous Nation? (Sermon 11/26/17)

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 Matthew 25:31-46 A sermon by The Rev. Dr. Rodney Wallace Kennedy Matthew makes us face whether or not we are a righteous nation. Many Americans assume we are righteous. They claim we were founded as a Christian nation and that we are a Christian nation. Some go so far as to claim that America is […]

Talents: Money or Gifts? (Sermon 11/19/17)

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 Matthew 25:14-30 A sermon by The Rev. Dr. Rodney Wallace Kennedy The parable of the talents is about money. Since the church doesn’t really want anyone to know what people actually believe about money, we have spread the rumor that we shouldn’t talk about money. Well, I am not having any of it this morning. […]

“Story Defeats Idolatry” – Nov. 12, 2017 sermon

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Joshua 24 and Psalm 78 This sermon struggles to name the difficulty of Veteran’s Day in the context of Christian worship. I believe that the church, as a peace community, has to offer an alternative to the unfettered, blind, and emotional patriotism of our day. It seems that too many churches have sold their souls […]

“Crossing Your Jordan” (Nov. 5 sermon)

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Joshua 3:1-17 Interstate driving bores me. Get off any exit and you could be anywhere in the country. When I see a sign that says there’s a river coming up, it makes my heart beat a little faster. I love to look at the river as I cross the bridge. What really irritates is when […]

“Old Testament Saints for All Saints’ Day” (Oct. 29 sermon)

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Ruth 1 This Sunday we celebrate All Saint’s Day which is a much more important day than Halloween but in some ways even scarier. Why scary? Because All Saints Day reminds us of the cosmic nature of our faith. We are connected with all those who went before us and kept the faith and protected […]

“Stand in the Breach for One Another” – 10/15/17

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Psalm 106, Ezekiel 22:30, Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14 In Psalm 106 there are these vivid words “Therefore [God] said he would destroy them” had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach before him, to turn away his wrath from destroying them.” That’s what you call being in a hot spot. How […]

“It’s Jesus” (Philippians 3:4b-14; Hebrews 1:1-4)

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Rev. Dr. Rodney Kennedy What’s Jesus got to do with it? What’s Jesus but a gentle and mild old rabbi from yesteryear? Do we bomb, bomb, bomb North Korea? What’s Jesus got to do with it? Do we repeal Obamacare? What’s Jesus got to do with it? Do we regulate guns? What’s Jesus got to […]