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THE GREEN PROMISE

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Carlos Wilton, November 18, 2012; Non-Lectionary sermon; Genesis 8:1-12; Romans 8:18-25 “…the dove came back to him in the evening, and there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf…” – Genesis 8:11a Well, this is going to be a different sort of Thanksgiving, isn’t it? Person after person I speak to says the […]

COMMITTED TO CHRIST, 5: THE CIRCLE OF SERVICE

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Carlos Wilton, November 11, 2012; Non-Lectionary Sermon; 1 Kings 17:8-16; Matthew 20:17-28 “…whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant” Matthew 20:26b Last Sunday, when we gathered here, the pain was intense. The wound was still bleeding. In our midst were many who were so close to the source of their distress, […]

COMMITTED TO CHRIST, 4: SOMETHING TO BEHOLD

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Carlos Wilton, October 28, 2012 – Non-Lectionary sermon; Psalm 63; Matthew 28:1-10 “So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory.” – Psalm 63:2 So, what have you got on your pre-hurricane to-do list? Put away the lawn furniture? Stock up on bottled water and toilet paper? Fill the car […]

COMMITTED TO CHRIST, 3: JUST READ IT!

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Carlos Wilton, October 21, 2012; Non-Lectionary Sermon; John 6:50-69 “The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” John 6:63b In one of his books, the travel writer Bill Bryson tells of visiting Mark Twain’s hometown of Hannibal, Missouri [Bill Bryson: The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America]. The house where the […]

COMMITTED TO CHRIST, 2: BE STILL AND KNOW

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Carlos Wilton, October 14, 2012; Non-Lectionary Sermon Psalm 46; Romans 8:18-27 “Be still, and know that I am God!” Psalm 46:10 [Begin the sermon with a very long silence.] “‘Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.’ The Lord of hosts is with […]

COMMITTED TO CHRIST, 1: DON’T LOOK BACK

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Carlos Wilton, October 7, 2012; Non-Lectionary Sermon; Exodus 16:1-15; Luke 9:57-62 “Jesus said to him, ‘No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.’” – Luke 9:62 Today, we embark on a journey together: a journey that, counting today, will last seven Sundays. You already […]

WILL THEY ALWAYS GET AWAY WITH MURDER?

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Carlos Wilton, September 30, 2012; 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B; Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22; Revelation 19:11-20:5 “Then Queen Esther answered, ‘If I have won your favor, O king, and if it pleases the king, let my life be given me — that is my petition — and the lives of my people — […]

A FAITH FOR THE BROKEN PLACES

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Carlos Wilton, September 16, 2012 – 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B; Mark 8:27-38 “For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?” Mark 8:36 “The world breaks everyone,” writes Ernest Hemingway in A Farewell to Arms, “and afterward many are strong at the broken places.” Imagine a […]

BANNED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BIBLE, 5: WHERE ARE THE MIRACLES TODAY?

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Carlos Wilton, September 9, 2012; Non-Lectionary Sermon; Exodus 7:1-13; Matthew 14:22-33 “[Peter] cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’” Matthew 14:30b Our topic today, from the Banned Questions About the Bible book, is “Where Are the Miracles […]