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Straddling the Fence of Civil Responsibility

A sermon delivered by Dr. Randy K. Hammer, July 2, 2017 1 Peter 2:13-17 GNT; Reading from Henry D. Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience” If it were possible for us to be in Concord, Massachusetts, ten days from today, I imagine we … Continue reading

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Some Words Dads & Husbands Aren’t Likely to Hear

A sermon delivered by Dr. Randy K. Hammer, June 18, 2017 Luke 15:11-32 ESV As fathers, and husbands, we hear a lot of words from our children and our spouses through the years.  Some words that we hear make us … Continue reading

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Genesis Chapters 1-3: Answers or Questions?

A sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Randy K. Hammer, June 11, 2017 Genesis 1:1-28 ESV Reading from John Shelby Spong, Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism  Genesis chapters 1-3 – some of the most beautiful literature in the entire Bible; indeed, … Continue reading

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Everyday Sacraments

A sermon delivered by Dr. Randy K. Hammer, May 7, 2017 Mark 8:1-9 GNT; Reading from John Burroughs, Accepting the Universe The word “sacrament” is one of those theological, churchy words that have been around almost as long as the … Continue reading

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The Emmaus Road of Disappointment (A Place to Share Our Stories)

A sermon delivered by Dr. Randy K. Hammer, April 30, 2017 Luke 24:13-35 GNT; Reading from Atul Gawande, Being Mortal Stories.  How important are the hearing and telling of stories to our lives!  From our earliest childhood, we have memories … Continue reading

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Sermons Carved in Stones

A sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Randy K. Hammer, April 23, 2017 Job 28:9-13 GNT; reading from John Muir “. . . the sublime rocks were trembling with the tones of the mighty chanting congregation of waters gathered from all … Continue reading

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Holding On, Letting Go, and Moving Forward

A sermon delivered by Dr. Randy K. Hammer, April 16, 2017 John 20:1-18 GNT When I get comfortable with the way things are, I sometimes would rather they not change.  Take, for instance, going to the grocery store.  When you … Continue reading

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