Human Identity: The Image of God

May 27, 2019

Every temple needs an image. The creation, which is God’s cosmic temple, is no different. At the climactic moment of creation God placed an image in that temple. Humanity is the image of God. This is our fundamental identity as human beings. But what does that mean? At one level, it involves our embodied existence. […]

From Empty and Void to Good, Very Good

May 23, 2019

The first line of the Bible is a bold confession, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” The earth began, however, as an uninhabitable mess. The earth was a chaotic void, and darkness covered the face of the deep, as the Spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters. At […]

A Mother’s Day Homily

May 22, 2019

This homily was delivered by Melanie Smith at the All Saints Church of Christ in Nashville, Tennessee, on May 12, 2019. It was her first time to sermonize before an assembled people of God. She is a public school teacher. Characteristic of her heart, she will spend a month in Costa Rica learning Spanish so […]

God Builds a House

May 20, 2019

When Israel agonized over what sort of house or temple they should build for God, God clarified something for them.  “Thus says the Lord,” Isaiah 66:1-2 testifies, “the heavens are my throne, and the earth is my footstool; where is the house you will build for me, and where is my resting place? My hand […]

Why Did God Create the World?

May 19, 2019

TThis question stretches across all age groups, from toddlers to graduate students. To be sure, it is precarious, even presumptive, to answer this question. We cannot get into God’s head and identify motives. However, the theodrama does not leave us clueless. But before we enter the world of the drama, let’s consider a few ideas.  […]

Theodrama in Five Acts

May 18, 2019

The video is available here. The Bible tells the story of God. There are many threads within that story and many rabbit trails which one might pursue, but there is one overarching plot to the drama. There is, in essence, one story. This story has an arc that begins with creation and moves to new […]

Woe to You Who Are Rich (Luke 6:24)

February 24, 2019

[Message by Jared Randall at All Saints Church of Christ, February 17, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee.] Today, I want to start by listing the basic ideas that make up Darwinian thoughts about Survival of the Fittest. Don’t worry, you’ll see why later. There are three basic ideas. Domesticated plants and animals show a tremendous range […]

“I Will Not be Silent”

February 1, 2019

MLK Day Sermon 1/20/19Robert A. Jackson, Jr.At the All Saints Church of Christ, Nashville, TN The Text Isaiah 62:1&2 (CEB) & Luke 10:29-37 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Isaiah 62:1&2 (CEB) For Zion’s sake I won’t keep silent,    and for Jerusalem’s sake I won’t sit still    until her righteousness shines out like a light,    and her salvation blazes like […]

When Jubilee Sounds Like a Threat (Luke 4:14-21)

January 28, 2019

[This sermon was preached by Kaitlin Hardy Shetler at the gathering of the All Saints Church of Christ in Nashville, TN, on January 27, 2019.] When I was a little older than my daughter, Hannah, I used to go to my mom and dad,begging them to tell me a story. And it couldn’t be just […]

Moses and Deborah Compared

May 29, 2018

Deborah is a judge, and the judicial activity is the same word used to describe Moses (Exodus 18:33) and Samuel (1 Samuel 17:6) as well as rulers/judges appointed throughout the tribes of Israel (Deuteronomy 16:18-20) as representing God’s own authority (Deuteronomy 17:12 Deborah exercise authority analogous to Moses. She is pictured as a second Moses. […]