Author Archives: Bill Bradbury

Sermon–Where is my Citizenship? March 17, 2019

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2 Lent—Year C/ March 17, 2019

William Bradbury

Genesis 15:1-12,17-18, Psalm 27, Philippians 3:17-4:1, Luke 13:31-35

Today we overhear Paul speaking to the church in Philippi, which is in Northern Greece. About hundred years before Paul writes his letter, in 42 BC, after the death of Julius Caesar, there is a Roman civil war in which generals Mark Antony and Octavian, later to be Augustus Caesar, win a decisive battle in Philippi. After the great victory there is no more fighting to be done so the soldiers are let off from their service, but there’s a problem. If they all return to Rome they will overwhelm the city, so Philippi is made into a Roman colony and the soldiers are given land in and around it. Continue reading

Sermon–I’m really dust?!? March 10, 2019

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Lent 1–March 10, 2019

William Bradbury

Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16, Romans 10:8b-13, Luke 4:1-13

“Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” We heard these words pronounced over us as a cross of ash was put on our foreheads. “Remember that you are dust”: This bears some thinking about. I remember years ago wondering why we had so much dust in our house in North Carolina and I learned that some of that dust I’m wiping off the furniture is from my skin. We’re so full of dust we’re constantly shedding the stuff. Continue reading

Sermon–God in the Clouds?–March 3, 2019

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Last Epiphany–March 3, 2019

William Bradbury

Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99, 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2, Luke 9:28-36, [37-43a]

Growing up in Atlanta we occasionally had snow, and every few years we’d have a big snow, but it was not until my late 20s that I experienced a whiteout. We were driving in the mountains of Colorado at the end of December and the storm came up and everything disappeared: the mountains in the distance, the blue sky, and the spruce and aspen vanished, and worst of all, all signs ON the road and then all signs OF the road disappeared. You all know what this is like. We were flooded by a sea of white light into which all distinctions and differences disappeared. Continue reading

Sermon–Love Who?!?–February 24, 2019

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7 Epiphany—Year C/February 24, 2019

William Bradbury

Genesis 45:3-11, 15, Psalm 37:1-12, 41-42, 1 Corinthians 15:35-38,42-50, Luke 6:27-38

Through the years I’ve heard many reasons why a person goes to church. Things like:  I go for the kids, so they’ll learn right from wrong; I go for the music; Only time all week I get 45 minutes without a kid in my lap; My father makes me…my wife makes me; If you’d asked me when I was attending Westminster Boys High in Atlanta, I’d have told you I go to church because of the cute girls.  If you ask me now maybe I’d say because it’s my job—and a wonderful job it is to get to hang out with all you wonderful people. Continue reading

Sermon–God says: “Can you hear me now?” February 17, 2019

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6 Epiphany—Year C–February 17, 2019

William Bradbury

Jeremiah 17:5-10, Psalm 1, 1 Corinthians 15:12-20, Luke 6:17-26

I go back to the day as a kid in Atlanta when I listened to my music on AM radio. That’s where I heard for the first time the early Beatles songs like “I want to hold your hand” and “She loves you”. Then, in high school, I bought my first FM Tuner to listen to my music without all noisy talk and the commercials. That’s where I first heard one of my all-time favorite songs: “Beginnings” by Chicago Transit Authority, soon to be known simply as Chicago. Continue reading

Sermon–What? Me a Mystic?!–February 10, 2019

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5 Epiphany—Year C, February 10, 2019

William Bradbury

Isaiah 6:1-8, [9-13], Psalm 138, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, Luke 5:1-11

Isaiah cries out: The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost!”

As a kid I enjoyed sitting on the floor building things: building a house of cards that would become this sprawling thing with two floors. Beautiful! Then the dog would get too close, wag his tail and down it came. Continue reading

Sermon–What is good news for the poor?–January 27, 2019

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3 Epiphany—Year C–January 27, 2019

William Bradbury

Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Luke 4:14-21, Psalm 19

Jesus, quoting Isaiah says, “”The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.” If you and I were poor, what would constitute good news? Continue reading

Sermon–Are You Aware of Spirit Now? January 13, 2019

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1 Epiphany: Baptism of Our Lord-January 13, 2019

William Bradbury

Isaiah 43:1-7, Psalm 29, Acts 8:14-17, Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

I want to start with a couple of questions: With a show of hands: how many of you have been baptized? Now, how many can remember your baptism? I certainly can’t remember mine and that raises the question we find in our reading from Acts: “Did we receive the Holy Spirit when we were baptized?” Continue reading

Sermon–Who shrunk our faith? January 6, 2019

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The Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ-January 6, 2019

William Bradbury

Isaiah 60:1-6, Psalm 72:1-7,10-14, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12

Because of Christmas pageants across the years, most of us have melded together Luke’s and Matthew’s story of the birth of Jesus. Fortunately our Church calendar pulls them apart, so that we read Luke’s story on December 25 and Matthew’s story January 6, today, which is known as the Epiphany—that is the manifestation—of our Lord Jesus Christ. I say fortunately because separating the stories allows us to focus on their important differences: In Matthew’s story, however, the angel of the Lord visits Joseph, not Mary, and a star leads wise men, not shepherds, from the east to visit the Christ Child. All this takes place, Matthew tells us, in the reign of Herod the Great, Rome’s vassal king in Jerusalem whose reign was from 40 BC to 4 BC. Continue reading