“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 […]

Court Is In Session – Exodus 16:2-15; Matthew 21:23-32

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By Rev. Dr. Rodney Kennedy 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 judges argued, so he can’t be summoned to […]

“The Gospel Is Good, Not Fair” – 9/24/17 FBC Sermon

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Exodus 16:2-15 Matthew 20:-16  Introduction: Did you know that we have a lot of deep-seated feelings that go against the clear teaching of the gospel? Have you ever heard someone say, “God helps those who help themselves.” Well, that’s not what the gospel says. The gospel says, “God helps the helpless.” We need to take […]

“Stuck in the Middle” – Rev. Dr. Rodney Kennedy

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Exodus 14:19-31 Romans 14:1-12 Let’s start with the Exodus story. 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 […]

“SANDALS, WALKING STICK, AND A LAMB ” Rev. Dr. Rodney Kennedy

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Exodus 12:1-14 As Bob Hope famously quipped, “Welcome to the Academy Awards, or as it’s known at my house, Passover.” What, you may ask, does Passover have to do with Christians? I start with a plain, simple claim: We need a Passover. There are a lot of places – physical, emotional, spiritual, political, economically – […]

Practicing Christians – Sermon 9/3/17

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By: Rev. Dr. Rodney Kennedy Romans 12:9-21 Matthew 16:21-28 Remember the vintage GOT MILK advertisements? The question became a popular meme launching a horde of copycats. GOT BEER? GOT TACOS? Even GOT CORN? Well, I’m twenty years late to this party, and I’m a slow learner, but I want to know GOT POLITICS? We live […]

“Racism is 100% Pure Evil”

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By: The Rev. Dr. Rodney W. Kennedy While I was on vacation, the horror that unfolded at the University of Virginia, has stayed on my mind. I will not soon recover from the images of white people marching with torches, Nazi flags, and the Confederate flag in support of bigotry, hatred, and violence. I will […]

“Discernment is Church Work”

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Matthew 16:13-20 Discern means to come to know or to mentally comprehend. In plain English it means to figure something out. Like a multiplication problem or a physics problem or an experience with God. To discern in religious language means to figure out what is true and what God expects of us. This act of […]

“Selling Out or Standing Up” – Sermon 8/6/17

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By: Rev. Dr. Rodney Kennedy The stories of Joseph are stories of survival, compromise, intrigue, lies, resentment, but also courage, truth, and conviction. His life has more ups and downs than a roller coaster at Disney World. Here is Pharaoh and Joseph – the dark side.  The story is about power and truth. This is […]