Greed & Grace

Posted on 24 Jul 2017, Pastor: Rev. Alex Rodgers
I read somewhere this week that Martin Luther once said sometimes you have to squeeze the biblical passage until it leaks the gospel. Well, I’ve been squeezing this passage and I believe God’s grace just might leak out of it. The stories we find in Scripture can be really hard even when they’re
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The Great Reversal

Posted on 17 Jul 2017, Pastor: Rev. Alex Rodgers
We’ve heard over these summer Sundays that the parables are meant to challenge us, to surprise us, to make us uncomfortable, and I’m going to add that I think the parables are meant to change us. That’s my hope, at least. They are meant to cause us to think differently about what it means to
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Lost & Found Sheep

Posted on 10 Jul 2017, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
In the Gospel of Luke, three similar parables are deliberately grouped together – the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son. These three parables beautifully describe the nature of God – the one who seeks and saves the lost. The setting for these parables in the gospel of Luke is Jesus is
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Fields of Wheat & Weeds

Posted on 06 Jul 2017, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Just following parable of the sower, or as we called it last week, the parable of the soils, comes another parable of seeds sown in a field. In this parable of the wheat and the weeds, Jesus tells the truth about the human condition and refers to judgment at the end of time that belongs solely
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Rich & Rocky Soil

Posted on 25 Jun 2017, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Matthew reports that Jesus went to the lakeshore to teach, and the crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a fishing boat, where he sat down to sow the seeds of the kingdom of God. The location of this teaching was most likely the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee, not
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New and Old Garments

Posted on 19 Jun 2017, Pastor: Rev. Alex Rodgers
If you were to write a parable, how do you think you would start? Would you write about the nature of God or the in-breaking of God’s kingdom or about what it means to be a disciple of Christ? Perhaps it’s not a fair question on the second week of our summer series on the parables of Jesus
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Wise and Foolish Builders

Posted on 13 Jun 2017, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
We begin this morning a summer series on the parables of Jesus from the gospel of Matthew. Parables have been called “earthly stories with heavenly meanings.” Parables are memorable, easy to recall. Once a person hears the parable of the prodigal son, they will likely be able to
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Unexpected Winds

Posted on 08 Jun 2017, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
The Sunday morning gathering of the people for the proclamation of the Word of God, for the breaking of bread and prayers, is the primal function of the church. Strip everything else away – the buildings and bulletins, the pews and the paraments, the committees and the councils, the choirs and
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Humble Resistance

Posted on 28 May 2017, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Over the past three weekends, Melanie and I have attended three graduation ceremonies. Remarkably, all three were outdoors and all three enjoyed wonderful weather. Each ceremony was inspiring in its own way. We heard college presidents offer words of wisdom. We heard bright young scholars
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Accounting for the Hope

Posted on 22 May 2017, Pastor: Rev. Alex Rodgers
Friday night I attended the Baccalaureate service for Columbia Theological Seminary here in our sanctuary. It was a beautiful service and I hope an encouraging one for the students who graduated yesterday. We sang a hymn during the service that I had not heard before though it is in our hymnal.
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But Now You Are God’s People

Posted on 16 May 2017, Pastor: Rev. Allysen Schaaf
“Come gather around people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon You’ll be drenched to the bone And if your breath to you is worth saving Then you better start swimming or you’ll sink like a stone For the times they are a-changing”
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Live Freely

Posted on 08 May 2017, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Hear the word of God from I Peter 2, 11-25. Beloved, I urge you as aliens and exiles to abstain from the desires of the flesh that wage war against the soul. Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles so that, though they malign you as evildoers, they may see your honorable deeds and
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Love One Another Deeply

Posted on 02 May 2017, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
I Peter 1:17-25 If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold,
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Seeking Holiness

Posted on 25 Apr 2017, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Today is the second Sunday of Easter, and we continue our Easter celebration by turning to the Apostle Peter’s letter to the early church and also to an ancient text of Israel. Peter wrote to first and second generation believers in Asia Minor, today’s Turkey. These churches were among the
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Running Afraid (Easter 2017)

Posted on 21 Apr 2017, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Hear the good news of the gospel. Matthew 28:1-10: After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and
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Walking Together

Posted on 11 Apr 2017, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
I love to travel. Traveling is wonderful, but, as you probably know, travelling can be stressful. Have you ever tried to get to the Atlanta airport during the Friday traffic rush? Have you ever tried to negotiate which restaurant your vacation group will attend for the evening – you know,
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Believing Beyond Belief: Dry Bones & a Dead Man

Posted on 03 Apr 2017, Pastor: Rev. Alex Rodgers
Dry bones and a dead man. A weary prophet. A day late savior. Grief. Despair. Lost hope. Beyond hope. Past hope. No hope. Resignation. Sadness. That which is dead is dead. What else can it be? Dry and dusty bones, long dead. A body four days in the tomb, the funeral spices no longer covering
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Acknowledging Our Blindness

Posted on 26 Mar 2017, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Everyone loves a good story, and the older I get, the more I appreciate character development. An engaging novelist or an aspiring television producer will ensure that their characters come alive on the page or on the screen, that they are more than word or image, more than caricatures. A
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Reflections: DPC Senior High Youth

Posted on 21 Mar 2017
Rachel Scott’s Reflection Anyone who knows me knows that I am a planner. I always have been. My many Pinterest boards can show you that I’ve already planned in advance everything from the outfits I’ll wear for upcoming events, to how I want to decorate my college dorm room and future home. Now
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Asking Questions

Posted on 13 Mar 2017, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Jesus invited Nicodemus on a fresh journey of faith, to embark upon a holy adventure. Every journey will entail questions along the way… Genesis 12:1-4 Now the LORD said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you
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