Listen to the sermon from Sunday, March 13, 2016 titled “Pressing On” by Rev. Dr. Larry Bethune. Only two weeks left in Lent, the most spiritually focused season of the Christian year.  Yet there are so many distractions:  Spring break, South by Southwest, political campaigns, business as usual – the world doesn’t stop for Lent, […]

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Listen to the sermon from Sunday, February 14, 2016 titled “Love Test” by Rev. Dr. Larry Bethune.   I love writing sermons and planning worship with creative people like Stephanie and Landry is fun, but sometimes we face, well, let’s call it “cultural dissonance.” The Christian year and lectionary provide themes and texts, but the […]

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Listen to the sermon from Sunday, January 31, 2016 titled “Resistance” by Rev. Dr. Larry Bethune.   I want to recognize all the ministers at UBC today. We know our staff, of course, but there are others here. If you are a minister of the gospel, please raise your hand and keep them up so […]

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Listen to the sermon from Sunday, December 20, 2015 titled “Waiting in Love” by Rev. Dr. Larry Bethune. “The Visitation” is one of the most beautiful scenes in all the scripture.  Two kinswomen meet who are both expecting their first, whose pregnancies are both surrounded by mystery, miracle, and shame.  From it come the words […]

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Listen to the sermon from Sunday, December 13, 2015 titled “Waiting in Joy” by Rev. Dr. Larry Bethune. “Why aren’t we singing Christmas Carols?”  It’s a common complaint preachers hear this time of year.  And there’s only one answer: “It’s not Christmas yet.”  “But they’re playing them on television and in all the stores!”  “This […]

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Advent came early to our house this year.  Christmas, too for that matter.  We’ve been waiting since last spring for the birth of our first grandchild, our daughter Kara.  Sure enough, Georgia made her appearance at 3:09 a.m. on Wednesday, November 25th, one month earlier than Jesus.  (I got to be the ox and the […]

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Listen to the sermon from Sunday, November 22, 2015 titled “Jesus Rules” by Rev. Dr. Larry Bethune. This is the last day of the Christian year.  We begin a new year next week with the first Sunday of Advent, a season of waiting for Christ’s arrival at Christmas.  Then we celebrate the revelation of Christ […]

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