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Holy Ground

Genesis 28:10-19 Rev. Elizabeth Michael Preached at University Presbyterian Church, Chapel Hill, NC July 23, 2017          Old Testament scholar Renita Weems says Jacob is the first “real human” in the Bible.[1]  Before Jacob, she notes, the characters of the scriptures are fairly one-dimensional.  They are generally obedient; they offer no real protest when confronted by divine commands.  Noah asks not a question when God

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Hosannas Betrayed

Mark 11:1-11 A Sermon by Robert E. Dunham University Presbyterian Church Chapel Hill, North Carolina Palm/Passion Sunday                April 9, 2017             Palm Sunday is such an enigmatic day.  It feels, on the one hand, like a festival.  There is mirth and jubilation, the waving of palm fronds.  The crowds greeting Jesus are hopeful, expectant. “Hosanna!” they shout.  They remember the 118th Psalm: they cry, “Blessed

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Saints Together

SAINTS TOGETHER Matthew 5:1-12 A Communion Meditation by Robert E. Dunham University Presbyterian Church Chapel Hill, North Carolina All Saints’ Sunday                  November 6, 2016             Tuesday looms large in everyone’s hearts and minds, as we try to find our way through in such an unsettled time in our land. Somewhere this week I read someone’s comment that it feels like we are watching a

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North Star

2 Timothy 1:1-14 A Communion Meditation by Robert E. Dunham University Presbyterian Church Chapel Hill, North Carolina Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost October 2, 2016 At the beginning of Ron Rash’s novel, Above the Waterfall, the county sheriff, Les, is just three weeks from retirement. Les might have hoped his last weeks would be straightforward and simple, but he finds himself dealing with an escalating conflict

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