Sermons by Rev. Dr. Rod Kennedy

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December 17, 2017: “Christmas Gifts Galore!”

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Isaiah 61:1-4 This sermon is not for you unless you are having trouble seeing the world clearly and you feel lost and confused. This sermon is not for you unless parts of your life have incapacitated you and kept you from living freely. This sermon is not for you unless you have deep loneliness in […]

December 3, 2017: “Wake Up!”

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Mark 13:24-37, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 What an odd text for people getting ready for Christmas.  What’s with all this scary language?  We can’t schedule the loss of the sun and the shaking of the powers of the heavens.  Don’t you know this is Christmas season? We go from Thanksgiving, a national holiday, to Christmas as […]

November 26, 2017: “Is America a Righteous Nation?”

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Matthew 25:31-46 Matthew makes us face whether or not we are a righteous   nation. Most people write this off as a parable and the rest are allergic to judgment stories.  We may, in a fit of nostalgia, sing “When the Roll Is Called up Yonder,” but mostly judgment is not our game.  What if it’s […]

November 19, 2017: “Talents or Gifts?”

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Matthew 25:14-30 There are two typical American versions of Jesus’ story of the talents.  In the first version God dishes out good looks to one and basketball skills to another.  The second story we tell is that God blesses all our money-making ways.  What then is the difference in talents and gifts, talents and money? […]

November 12, 2017: “Story Defeats Idolatry”

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Joshua 24 and Psalm 78 Prelude to sermon: I invite you to the story of Joshua 24 and the exhortation of Psalm 78 for us to be storytellers.  I do this in the full knowledge of the challenge of postmodern philosophy     that all BIG stories (metanarratives) are suspect, power grabs, abusive and oppressive.  Postmodernism is […]

November 5, 2017: “Crossing Your Jordan”

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Joshua 3:7-17 Our reading from Joshua is about a river; it is about Israel crossing the Jordan into the Promised Land.  At first, the Jordan is just a river, just another river in the Bible, but not for long.  When Israel crossed the Jordan to enter the Promised Land, the meaning of Jordan changed forever.  […]

October 22, 2017: “Worship at Footstool or Mountain”

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Matthew 22:15-22, Psalm 99 An act of imagination opens Psalm 99: The Lord sits enthroned upon the cherubim. The cherubim are powerful creatures.  Two cherubim, with flaming swords, are left to guard the Garden of Eden.  Ezekiel describes them as four-headed scary creatures worthy of any horror movie.  The psalmist has entered the sanctuary and […]