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  1. Sermons : The Table as Community

    Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
    Luke 14:7-14

    I spent a couple of days this week on continuing education with colleagues at the coast. This is a group my predecessor Haywood started with friends 15 years ago, and has become, through his guidance, a seminar on multi-staff head of staff pastoral leadership. We each bring a couple of questions to the group, and we wrestle with issues of changing trends in the church, pass around books for each other to read, we listen and sometimes offer advice. These men and women from ages 35-75+ are a rock in this odd and wondrous calling.

  2. Sermons : Can We Be Holy and Authentic?

    Exodus 30:22-30
    Mark 14:3-9

    In the book we are reading together for Lent, “A Bigger Table,” author John Pavlovitz talks about how he lost himself as a pastor while working for a church because he found he had to tell certain lies in order to protect himself and his job. One would think that lying should go against the grain for a pastor. And it did also for the woman he also tells about, Sandra, whose rural church community became uncomfortable with the way she was wrestling with Scripture passages from the pulpit. She was given the choice to quit being so honest, or to be fired. “I’d rather be an honest ex-minister than an employed liar,” she said. And she was relieved of her position by the church elders.

  3. Sermons : Getting in Proximity

    Psalm 22:23-31
    John 13:1-17

    We’ll begin with an exercise. We’re not going to do a foot-washing today – I wouldn’t dare spring it on you out of the blue – but I want you to think for a moment about washing the feet of the people around you. Of you having a bowl of water and kneeling down, rolling your sleeves up, towel thrown over your shoulder. And they –it can be the person on either side, you pick. They take off their shoes, setting them aside. Placing their feet in the water, I bet its cold. No one’s feet are pretty, they all smell a little. Maybe there’s a scar, or a blister, and old wound. And you pour the water over those feet, wiping them down, gently. We’re not talking a scrub down or a pedicure. But rinsing those feet off, out of welcome, care.

  4. Sermons : Out of Rhythm

    Psalm 121
    Mark 2:18-22

    The psalmist cries, “From where will my help come?” and responds with faith to her own lament: “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth…The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.” My help comes. It does not tarry or wait or take sides but protects and keeps. Does it?  

  5. Sermons : Always Another Climb

    Exodus 34:29-35
    Mark 2:2-9

    Preached by Rev. Bob Dunham

    The odd story Jeremy just read about the transfiguration of Jesus presents readers of Mark’s Gospel with a pause in the action so that Mark can offer a foretaste of what is coming. Mark sets this narrative just after Peter’s declaration that Jesus is the Messiah and just prior to Jesus’ turn toward Jerusalem and all that will happen to him there. In its liturgical setting, this Transfiguration Sunday is also a pause in the action, well-positioned at the end of the season of Epiphany and just before the shift in focus that will begin this Wednesday, when we impose ashes to set our faces to the Lenten journey. And here today, gathering with Westminster’s faithful remnant while a bunch of our fellow congregants are up cavorting in the mountains around Montreat this weekend, it seemed to me a good time to revisit this story of the original “mountaintop experience.”