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Sixth Sunday Of Easter – Mikey Ward

Acts 17:22-31; Psalm 66:8-20; 1 Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-21
Last week we heard my friend Tyler Merrill preach an eloquent message on the irrational nature of Christianity. He stated that as Christians we ought to strive to live lives that do not make sense. Derived from last week’s lectionary, he stated that this nonsensical faith requires us to love our enemies. However, in order to do so, we first need to be vulnerable in order for reconciliation to become a possibility. This however, is monumentally easier said than done [...]



Loving Our Enemies: The Example of St. Stephen – Tyler Merrill

Acts 7:55-60; Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; 1 Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-14
You have probably noticed that the Old Testament readings in the lectionary have been replaced the past several weeks with readings from the book of Acts. It seems that our worship, in these weeks following Easter, is inviting us to remember that Jesus has been resurrected [...]



Being a Sheep – Teresa Holden

Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 23; 1 Peter 2:19-25; John 10:1-10
What is a sheep? Professor Warren Gill of the Animal Science Department at the University of Tennessee poses this question in his scholarly paper called “Applied Sheep Behavior.” There, Gill reports that sheep are “defenseless, wary, [...]