Sermons by Rev. Dr. Rod Kennedy

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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, […]

August 27, 2017: “Discernment is Church Work”

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Matthew 16:13-20 In a culture where people have forsaken critical thinking for criticism, bitterness, and hatred, the church needs to come back to the biblical art of discernment. Instead of voting on issues, we need to be working out our differences, praying for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, doing our homework, and then reaching […]

August 20, 2017: “The Purple Cord Sisterhood”

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Matthew 15:21-28 Gardner Taylor says there is a crimson cord running through the Bible that alerts us to God’s love. Here is the purple cord that shows the indispensable role played by women in the Bible. In  a culture that can’t decide how to actually give women true     equality and equal pay, this is a […]

August 6, 2017: “Selling Out or Standing Up”

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Genesis 37:1-4, 45:1-3, Daniel 1:8-9 The biblical narrative preserves two opinions about Joseph: one that he is God’s man and all he does is directed by God; the other that he is a sellout to Pharaoh.  That the authors/scribes/editors of the Bible preserve our mistakes and atrocities along with     our insights and moral victories indicates […]

July 30, 2017: “A Mustard Seed Faith Is Enough”

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I have a scientific analogy for you.  The smallest seed may be compared to a cell.  Kenneth Miller, Brown University cell       biologist, reminds us, “The cell is the smallest unit of an organism that is truly alive.  The cell is the level of organization where life truly begins.” From a seed a mighty tree. From […]

July 23, 2017: “Long Live the Weeds”

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Our story is about weeds found in the garden of God.  Religious faith always has existed with the tendency to throw people out of the garden of God. We seem almost embarrassed to allow people into our “paradise.” How odd of us religious types. To start our mental engagement with the story, let me offer […]