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The Wilderness Way

I once heard someone say that you shouldn’t raise any questions in a sermon that you aren’t prepared to answer. That statement still baffles me. I wouldn’t know where to begin, if not with questions. And this is exactly where I want to bring them: to other people who are hungry for a word from God and who have come to study, pray, to wrestle

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Pushing the Boundaries

Matthew 15:10-28 University Presbyterian Church, Chapel Hill, NC Rev. Elizabeth Michael August 20, 2017          By this point in Matthew, Jesus’ relationship with the Pharisees has been growing more polemical by the chapter.  In this latest installment, he chastises them for following tradition so blindly that they lose sight of the word of God.  He takes their fixation on clean and unclean and redirects it—focus

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Sermon on Ephesians 6 and Matthew 13

Ephesians 6:10-20, Matthew 13:31-33; 44-52 Rev. Elizabeth Michael University Presbyterian Church, Chapel Hill August 13, 2017             The images splashed across my screens this weekend, as they did yours.  A circle of tiki torches lifted high.  Throaty chants of “Blood and Soil” echoing through the streets.  Flags unfurled to reveal a blood red field stained with a dark black swastika.  Clergy, cloaked in stoles bearing

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The reign of heaven is near

The reign of heaven is near Isa. 11: 1 – 10 Matt. 3: 1 – 11 Rev. Dr. Jo Ella Holman Mission co-worker Regional Liaison for the Caribbean Presbyterian Church, USA When I have visitors from the U.S. to the Dominican Republic, on the island of Hispanola where I live, I always take them to see a statue that is on the sea walk of

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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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