Sermons by Rev. Dr. Rod Kennedy

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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 […]

October 15, 2017: “Stand in the Breach for One Another”

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Psalm 106, Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14 The liturgies of everyday life—shopping malls, television, exploitative labor, and the studied movements of gated geographies—make it difficult to hear that a word from God is actually intended for you.  Today I want you to look with me (at Psalm 106 and in particular the verse “Therefore […]

October 8, 2017: “It’s Jesus!”

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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 do with it? Can […]

October 1, 2017: “Court Is In Session”

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In 2007, Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers filed a lawsuit against God, accusing the Almighty (in a fit of alliteration) of “fearsome floods, egregious earthquakes, horrendous hurricanes, terrifying tornadoes, pestilential plagues.” Lawsuit was dismissed. God doesn’t have a legal address, the presiding judge argued, so he can’t be summoned to appear in court. Frivolous lawsuits! There […]

September 24, 2017: “The Gospel is Good, Not Fair”

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Matthew 20:1-16 Welcome to a crazy world where people make the same wages if they work all day or only work an hour. Welcome, my fun-loving, deeply committed fellow capitalists to economics by Jesus. “Unfair!” we cry impulsively. The grumbling envy of the all-day workers in the parable speaks directly to us. We are the ones […]

September 17, 2017: “Stuck in the Middle”

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Exodus 14:19-31 Romans 14:1-12 How does it feel to be stuck in the middle between two extremes? We understand because spatially and emotionally that is exactly where we are. Israel has packed quickly because the word has come down that Moses has negotiated their freedom from Egypt. As the long line of ex-slaves make their way […]

September 3, 2017: “Practicing Christians”

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Romans 12:9-21, Matthew 16:21-28 I, Dr. Rodney Kennedy, have a novel suggestion. Let’s just  practice the Christianity we know to be true. Practicing Christians may turn the tide against an encroaching secularism. Here is our hope for the future! When you are using a GPS on your phone, the voice giving directions will often say, […]