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“Easter Prequels and Sequels” FBC Sermon (4/1/18)

by Chris Heine

     Mark 16:1-8 Easter is the big event in Christianity. In the mode of Star Wars, we will think of Easter prequels and Easter sequels. Easter tells a big story, a meta-narrative: God brings life out of death. The story is so mind-boggling that the women looking resurrection square in the eyes couldn’t grasp it:“So they […]

    “We Have A High Priest” FBC Sermon (3/18/18)

    by judy

      There’s a song in Gershwin’s opera, Porgy and Bess, called “It Ain’t Necessarily So.”   Old Jonah he lived in a whale Old Jonah he lived in a whale he made his home in that fish’s abdomen, Old Jonah he lived in a whale. Methuselah lived nine hundred years Methuselah lived nine hundred years but what’s good a’livin when […]

      Snake on A Stick; Savior on A Cross – FBC Sermon (3/11/18)

      by judy

          Rev. Dr. Rodney Kennedy Numbers 21:4-9 Ephesians 2:1-10 John 3:14-21  There are snakes in the camp. In the kitchen sink. In the bathtub. In the beds. Under the blankets. Snakes! What a story. This is no bedtime story for children. This is even more awful than your mother teaching you to pray, “And if […]

        Commandments and a Temple – FBC Sermon (3/4/18)

        by judy

          By Rev. Dr. Rodney Kennedy Exodus 20:1-17; John 2: 15-22 The Ten Commandments and Jesus chasing the moneychangers from the Temple  – the odd couple? What gives? The Ten Commandments suffer from bad reviews: Judgmental, moralistic, old-fogey rules, a huge burden. It’s like a film getting a horrible review but wins the Oscar. The Ten […]

          How Not to Be Satan – FBC Sermon 2/25/18

          by judy

            Mark 8:31-38 Legend says that as Shoeless Joe Jackson was leaving the courthouse during the trial of the Chicago Black Sox, as they were known, a young boy begged of him, “Say it ain’t so, Joe.” Well, Jesus 31began to teach his disciples that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, be killed, and […]

            Once Upon a Flood – FBC Sermon 2/18/18

            by judy

              Genesis 7:1-5; Genesis 9:8-17; I Peter 3:18-22   I have found Noah’s Ark. Strangely it’s in Williamstown, Kentucky. I’m sure this is a surprise to Noah and to you. Who knew that Noah’s Ark had come to rest in Williamstown Kentucky? You know, of course, that I’m pulling your leg, and I am referring to […]

              We Preach – FBC Sermon 2-11-18

              by judy

                Rev. Dr. Rodney Kennedy 2 Kings 2:1-12; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9 Start with the story of Elijah transported to heaven in a whirlwind accompanied by fiery chariots and a military escort. Elijah passes the prophetic office to his student, Elisha. It’s like Master Yoda training Luke Skywalker. As difficult as it is for Elijah to “pass […]

                “A Troubled Preacher!” FBC Sermon 2-4-18

                by judy

                  Rev. Dr. Rodney Kennedy Sometimes I am troubled that there doesn’t seem to be anything that happens at church that causes people to talk about it. There are times when something so remarkable happens that everybody is talking about it. If an elderly couple here in Peoria won a $500 million lottery, everybody would be […]

                  As I See It #10

                  by judy

                    Tomorrow night  Donald Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address. Notice I wrote “Donald Trump” not President Trump. I am simply unable to call him President. As far as I am concerned he has debased the office of President to such an extent that I cannot dignify him with the title “President.” […]

                    As I See It #9

                    by judy

                      Today my column is about my  favorite sport, baseball, not baseball in general but one particular  player in particular.  I am referring to Jim Thome.  In Peoria we proudly claim him as our own.  On Wednesday, in his first year of eligibility he was  elected to the baseball Hall of Fame.  It couldn’t have happened […]