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Does Anybody Tell the Truth Anymore? -- Mark 3:20-35 -- David R. Cartwright -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - B -- 2011
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Holy Spirit: Guide and Guarantee -- John 15:26-27, John 16:4b-15 -- David R. Cartwright -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 2011
"Listen, Galileo! The science of the world was built on the pillars of Aristotelian wisdom.
The Teacher Who Wanted to Learn -- John 3:1-17 -- David R. Cartwright -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2011
It's about time we stopped being so hard on Nicodemus.
Eyes of Faith -- Mark 4:26-34 -- David R. Cartwright -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - B -- 2011
Those of us in the church are especially good at being busy Christians instead of faithful ones.
What Good Is Doubt? -- Mark 4:35-41 -- David R. Cartwright -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B -- 2011
Doubt has been around for a long time. At least as long as faith and trust.
When All Else Fails -- Mark 5:21-43 -- David R. Cartwright -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2011
When all else fails, what do you do? When you are up against it, where do you turn?
When Things Turn Sour -- Mark 6:1-13 -- David R. Cartwright -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - B -- 2011
Sometimes things get off to a good start but then turn sour. Why?
Promising Too Much -- Mark 6:14-29 -- David R. Cartwright -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - B -- 2011
There are some commercials on TV right now that trouble me.
Marks of a Good Leader -- Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 -- David R. Cartwright -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - B -- 2011
Some things never seem to change.
Satisfied in Christ -- John 6:1-21 -- David R. Cartwright -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2011
A comment during a conversation I had not long ago has stuck in my mind.
Does Anybody Tell the Truth Anymore? -- Mark 3:20-35 -- David R. Cartwright -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - B -- 2011
I was watching an interview on television concerning the ENRON scandal -- a scandal that stole the l
A New Continuing -- John 14:8-17 (25-27) -- David R. Cartwright -- Day of Pentecost - C -- 2006
That first Pentecost was a grand and glorious day. It was a new beginning.
Guided By The Spirit -- John 16:12-15 -- David R. Cartwright -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 2006
There are two main ways to go about teaching someone something.
What Outsiders Can Teach Us -- Luke 7:1-10 -- David R. Cartwright -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - C -- 2006
Those of us ministers actively engaged in congregational worship don't get many opportunities to vis
Compassion Can Do More Than You May Think -- Luke 7:11-17 -- David R. Cartwright -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2006
A teacher was fond of asking students in his counseling classes this question: "What can you know ab
The Extravagance Of Love -- Luke 7:36--8:3 -- David R. Cartwright -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - C -- 2006
If there was anything Jesus despised, it was stinginess, especially the holding back of oneself.
What Happens When You're Not Prepared For What Happens -- Luke 8:26-39 -- David R. Cartwright -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2006
How do you handle what happens when you're not prepared for what happens?
Reactions To Rejection -- Luke 9:51-62 -- David R. Cartwright -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2006
Jesus knew what rejection felt like.
A Samaritan Took Care Of Him -- Luke 10:25-37 -- David R. Cartwright -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - C -- 2006
The situation was this: A young Jewish lawyer wanted to reassure himself that he was doing the right
How Not To Become Distracted -- Luke 10:38-42 -- David R. Cartwright -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2006
We live in what has been called the "Information Age." We have more information at our disposal than
Ministering When You're Not Welcome -- Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 -- David R. Cartwright -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - C -- 2006
Jesus knew what to do all the time, and he knew how to go about it.

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When All Else Fails -- Mark 5:21-43 -- David R. Cartwright -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2011
When all else fails, what do you do? When you are up against it, where do you turn?
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