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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“Lost in Spectacle” by George Oliver

Listen to the sermon from Sunday, February 7, 2016 titled “Lost in Spectacle” by guest preacher George Oliver.   During my undergraduate years, I was forced into a lot of classes that would drain the life right out of me.  And though I love her today, perhaps the single most cringe-inducing of them, based on […]

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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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Listen to the sermon from Sunday, December 6, 2015 titled “Waiting in Peace” by Rev. Stephanie Coooper. Today is the second Sunday of Advent.  The Sunday of Peace, which is important. But it’s also the Sunday in the lectionary where we are introduced to John the Baptist.  And in good taste, being Baptist and all… […]

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