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Polarize or Compromise

Jarrett McLaughlin January 19, 2020 2 Kings 5:9-19   Pre-Scripture: If you were here last week – I told you we would be doing two weeks on one text.  Last week we grounded ourselves in the story of Naaman, the Aramaean General who went to the prophet Elisha for healing.  We zeroed in on the slave girl serving in his house who should have plenty

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Press the Easy Button

Jarrett McLaughlin 2 Kings 19:1-14 Pre-Scripture: I was reminded of something this week.  It was my senior year here at UNC. Presbyterian Campus Ministry was getting ready for student Sunday and I was on deck to preach.  The bulletin must have just come off the printer because Bob Dunham poked his head around the corner and said “Hey – can I talk to you in

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Lift Those Babies High

Jarrett McLaughlin “Lift Those Babies High” December 29, 2019 Luke 2:21-33   Scripture: After eights days had passed [following the baby’s birth], it was time to circumcise the child, and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, [Mary and Joseph] brought [Jesus]

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How’s Your Tree?

Jarrett McLaughlin December 15, 2019 Matthew 1:1-16   Scripture – Matthew 1:1-16 An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3 and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron,

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I Love You, But…

“I Love You, But…” Malachi 3:1-4 and Luke 3:7-9   Malachi 3:1-4 1See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. 2But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can

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What is Truthiness?

“What is Truthiness?” John 18:33-35   Pre-Scripture: I was running this past Tuesday.  I found myself running up the appropriately named Highgrove Dr. – a steep hill every bit as punishing as the hill on Hillsborough Street that was in my last sermon.  I had just summited the hill and so I stopped to walk and catch my breath.  And then I hear a voice

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The Adjacent Possible

“The Adjacent Possible” Genesis 12:1-9 A reading from Genesis, chapter 12 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. 2I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great so that you will be a blessing. 3I will bless those

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All Of That And None Of That

Hi, this is weird. Twenty years ago, I used to sit in the second to last row of the balcony so being here is unexpected. It’s quite humbling in fact. We’ve been on something of an adventure these past few weeks. We packed all of our belongings up on the moving truck about a month ago and we won’t see it all until mid-September when

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