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Author Archive | Matt Sturtevant

The Light in the Clouds

Matthew 17.1-9 and Exodus 24.12-18 The Israelites looked up at the mountain, day after day, night after night.  It had been so long since Moses had left for the summit of Sinai, and they were getting restless.  What if he had been killed by the inhabitants of this strange desert land?  Or an Egyptian who […]

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Radical Friendship

It was a beautiful Sunday morning at Holier Than Thou Baptist Church.  The pews were filling up and the regulars had found their favorite seats.  Soon, the traditions of worship would begin: singing, Scripture, preaching.  But before the Call to Worship was spoken, another tradition had to be fulfilled: the weekly game of Judge a […]

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Radical Purpose

I Corinthians 1.10-18 Melanie was one of the prettiest girls at school, and one of the most popular.  Hal was just as good looking and just as popular, so it was no surprise when he asked her to go to Homecoming.  They made their plans and preparations and both were excited.  Until two days before […]

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Radical Attention

Luke 10.25-42   Writer Thomas Friedman wrote an op-ed several years ago now, titled “The Taxi Driver.”  In it, he tells the story of a taxi ride he took from the airport in Paris to his hotel.  Over the hour that he rode, he said, he and his taxi driver did six things.  Friedman wrote […]

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With Us

My phone tells me what is newsworthy now.  I have a relatively new feature on my phone that picks which news stories it thinks that I want to see. It doesn’t do a very good job. I was struck as I was writing the sermon this week how often the news stories that it picks […]

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Joseph’s Journey

Matthew 1:18-19 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.  Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned […]

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Mary’s Journey

Luke 1.39-56 In our basement, we have a stack of Christmas DVD’s that we always pull out this time of year and at some point during my sermon writing in the basement this week, I looked up on the shelf to see this stack.  As I thought about my sermon and looked at those movies, […]

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John the Baptist’s Journey

Matthew 11.2-11 John sat in a dark cell.  Every time the prison door opened, he would instinctively back against the corner of the cell, as far away from the door as possible.  He always feared the worst, whenever it banged open.  More torture.  Beatings.  Maybe even his last moments on earth, before they led him […]

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