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  • Playing Favorites Series

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Aug 10, 2011
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,898 views

    Trying to secure our status in God's sight by checking off a list of church activities won't give us enough credit to get away with looking down on our neighbor.

    Mahatma Gandhi wrote in his autobiography that during his student days he read the Gospels seriously and considered converting to Christianity. He believed that in the teachings of Jesus he could find the solution to the caste system that was dividing the people of India. So one Sunday he decided ...read more

  • Faith That Works Series

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Aug 10, 2011
     | 3,159 views

    What you believe governs what you do; if you don't do what Jesus commands, you don't really believe what he says. Or some other belief is stronger.

  • Family Ties Series

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Aug 7, 2011
     | 2,275 views

    How can Christians be united when there are so many things we can’t agree on? That is the wrong question. The real question is, how can we imagine that any of these human differences can break the unity among us that God has already created?

    Do you know what the Zen Buddhist said to the hot dog vendor? "Make me one with everything." English is a remarkably flexible language. You can play wonderful games with it. "Make for me one hot dog with everything on it" is a far cry from "to become One with everything," which is the Buddhist ...read more

  • Re-Birthday Presents Series

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Aug 7, 2011
     | 3,456 views

    Each one of us needs the gifts of the others in the body for our own wholeness, as well as for the health and optimal functioning of the whole church. And all of these gifts are to be used in love.

    How many of you can remember building things when you were little? At my house we had Lincoln logs and tinker toys and cedar blocks, and I could spend all day building houses. I always envied the kids who had Meccano sets, you know, the metal strips with holes in them that you could put together ...read more

  • Believing Is Seeing

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Aug 7, 2011
     | 3,092 views

    A skeptical reporter talks to the once-blind Bartimaeus about his encounter with the itinerant preacher Yeshua of Nazareth.

    Good morning. This is The News Hour with Gaius Petronius, bringing you a special report from the Imperial Province of Judea in Palestine on Tuesday, April 9th, in the 16th year of the reign of the Emperor Tiberius. Today we have a newsmaker interview from Jericho, where the notorious Galilean ...read more

  • Walking The Talk Series

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Aug 7, 2011
    based on 1 rating
     | 3,120 views

    God calls us to be the kind of people who both act and speak out of love.

    Our missionaries Bev and Jesse Rich were here two weeks ago, on furlough from Uganda. They spoke briefly during the service, and after the service they showed a video of their ministry and answered our questions. It was all fascinating, God is doing some amazing things there, but one of the ...read more

  • Protective Clothing Series

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Jul 28, 2011
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     | 2,544 views

    Only the armor of God can prevail against the great lie that there is no truth outside our own experience.

    I've spent a good part of this week since coming back on vacation catching up on the mail - sorting things, answering letters and reading. I subscribe to a lot of publications; probably about half are directly related to religious issues; the rest are mostly news or public policy oriented. I ...read more

  • Just Say Yes Series

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Jul 25, 2011
     | 6,009 views

    We do not receive the Spirit just by saying "No" to a list of prohibited actions. We receive him by saying yes to the call of God, and yes to the commands of God

    Life sometimes really does seem a lot like a shell game. It moves faster than you can keep track of and what you reach for is often disappointingly empty. For many people life feels just plain random, a big gamble but at least it's not rigged against you. But sometimes life may feel like a ...read more

  • Triune Marriage Series

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Jul 25, 2011
     | 3,305 views

    Just as the church is made one with God through Jesus Christ, man and women are made one through Christ. Christian marriage consists of three people: husband, wife, and Jesus.

    Many preachers would probably prefer to avoid today's passage if at all possible. The idea of submission isn't particularly popular in today's world. In fact, when the Southern Baptist Convention issued a newly revised declaration in June of 1998 that included a special section on marriage and ...read more

  • Lawful Authority Series

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Jul 25, 2011
     | 2,117 views

    Some authority is built into the fabric of God's very creation, and our response to earthly authority - whether we wield it or submit to it - reflects our acceptance of God's authority.

  • The King’s New Clothes Series

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Jul 11, 2011
     | 2,733 views

    If we clothe ourselves only in the name of Jesus, the world will see right through it - and through us. We have to put on his life, death and resurrection as well.

    If you change the word “Gentiles” in the first verse of today’s passage to “Americans” the whole lesson moves right into our own situation. They are practically a mirror of contemporary society. Listen to this: “[Americans] are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God ...read more

  • Imitation Of God Series

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Jul 11, 2011
     | 2,459 views

    It grieves the Holy Spirit when our broken, crazy, noisy world has more effect on our actions than does our experience and knowledge of the love of God.

    A couple of weeks ago I flew out to Minneapolis for just 36 hours to see my godson Ted in The Music Man. If he hadn’t skipped the cast party and come home early Thursday night I wouldn’t have gotten to see him off stage at all. But there we were, at 10:30 at night, both exhausted and happy, ...read more

  • From Dark To Light Series

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Jul 11, 2011
    based on 1 rating
     | 3,624 views

    There are three people from whom we cannot hide if we are to mature as Christians: God, ourselves, and our brothers and sisters in Christ.

    When I was in high school we got a little orange cat from the pound. We named him Kumquat because he was such a very small orange; he fit in the palm of your hand. He didn’t stay that way, though. He grew. But he never figured it out. He had formed the habit of sleeping on the round needlepoint ...read more

  • Blood Relations Series

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Jul 9, 2011
    based on 3 ratings
     | 3,475 views

    Blood is thicker than water. But the blood that matters is not ours - not our common ancestors, not our genetic heritage, not even a shared cultural or legal identity. The blood that makes the church a family is Jesus’ blood.

    One of the things I have always like about being here in Clayton is the small town, family atmosphere. I moved around so much when I was young that I don’t know anyone I went to kindergarten with; I hardly even know most of my relatives. But here... We have multiple generations sitting right here ...read more

  • The Spiral Stair Series

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Jul 9, 2011
     | 2,015 views

    The journey of faith is like a spiral stair, the whole held up by the love of God, but the sequence of steps always the same. Commit yourself to the grace of God. Surrender more of yourself to Christ. And love the people he puts in your path as if he h

    I wish I could play the piano. Not just picking out a tune with my right hand, but really playing - composers like Bach and Beethoven and Mozart. As most of you know, my mother plays. She’ll be back here in May, and Martie’s already agreed to let her play for the service. Even ...read more