Lin Bunce

Francis

by Michael Usey; Matthew 10.5-20;39 In some respects he seems modern and familiar to us, this one called Francis. Pampered middle class son, he brashly sowed his wild oats, radically repudiating his parents’ values. Alienated from his father, he sought youthful fame and fortune, only to find disillusionment with the world’s ways.  Yet, in other …

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Yes! Yes! Yes!

by Michael Usey; 2 Corinthians 1.15-22 Listen again to this passage from 2 Corinthians 1.18-20, this time from the NRSV.  I bet it’s a passage that you’ve rarely heard before, if ever:  As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been “Yes and No.” For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, …

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But If Not

by Michael Usey; Daniel 3 The Evolve word for this Sunday is No.  Maybe it’s not the brightest choice when we’re asking everyone to fill out your talent and interest survey for 2021 (and please do so, by the way).  We are considering Daniel 3, the story of Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego, yet another fantastic …

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Wonder Bush

by Michael Usey, Exodus 3.1-10 American author Sam Keen wrote, Wonder is the alpha and omega of the human mind.  It stands the beginning and end of our quest to understand ourselves and the world.  Aristotle said philosophy begins in wonder.  It is the most primal of emotions, at once ordinary and disturbing.  As the …

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I’d Rather Die Than Come See You (But I May End Up Coming Anyway)

by Michael Usey; Philippians 1.12-30, NRSV We’re in the second week of our fall sermon series entitled Evolve. The evolutionary Christian concepts we’re considering this morning are thankfulness and resilience. Our text for this sermon is from Paul’s letter to the Philippians. It’s a prison letter. Some of the great literature of the world was …

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The Gravity of God

by Christian McIvor; Psalm 139 1.6, 13-18 and John 1. 43-51 Gravity is an interesting phenomenon.  Not only is it the force that constantly pulls us toward the earth and keeps us from being flung off the planet into deep space, but it also pulls all bodies toward each other.  As much as the earth …

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The Dusty Gospel

by Blair Ramsey; Genesis 2. 1-7 2020 has been quite the year. At this point, I’m so tired of the joke “hindsight is 2020”. I received my college diploma via UPS on my front steps, learned that Trader Joes has a really good smelling lavender hand sanitizer, have seen people drive down Friendly Avenue with rubber …

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What Is Your Name?

by Lin Story-Bunce, Genesis 32. 22-32 When Caryanne and I learned we were pregnant for the first time, we immediately started thinking of possible names. Because we both have names that connect us to our families, gifting our son with a name that ties him to his larger family story felt important. We also want …

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