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Keith Wagner

Rev. Dr. Keith Wagner is the pastor of St. John's UCC in Troy, Ohio. He has served churches in Southwest Ohio for over three decades. He is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ and has an M.Div. from Methodist Theological School, Delaware, Ohio, and a D.Min. from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He has also been an adjunct professor at Edison Community College, Piqua, Ohio. He and his wife, Lin, live in Springfield, Ohio.
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Almost Heaven -- Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52, Psalm 119:129-136 -- Keith Wagner, Keith Hewitt -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - A -- 2017
Contents "Almost Heaven" by Keith Wagner
Rock-Like Living -- Matthew 16:13-20, Romans 12:1-8, Exodus 1:8--2:10 -- Keith Wagner, Keith Hewitt -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2017
Contents "Rock-Like Living" by Keith Wagner
If You Don't Forgive -- Matthew 18:21-35, Romans 14:1-12, Psalm 114, Psalm 103:1-13 -- David O. Bales, Keith Wagner -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 2017
Contents "If You Don’t Forgive" by David O. Bales
The Reassuring Word -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18, Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Keith Wagner -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2016
Contents "The Reassuring Word" by Keith Wagner
All You Need Is Love -- Luke 4:21-30, Jeremiah 1:4-10, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, Psalm 71:1-6 -- Keith Wagner -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 2016
Contents "All You Need is Love" by Keith Wagner
Living Our Beliefs -- Luke 13:31-35, Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Psalm 27 -- Keith Wagner -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2016
Contents "Living Our Beliefs" by Keith Wagner
All For Christ -- John 12:1-8, Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:4b-14, Psalm 126 -- Peter Andrew Smith, Keith Wagner -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2016
Contents "All for Christ" by Peter Andrew Smith
Before There Can Be Resurrection There Must Be Death -- John 20:1-18, Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Keith Wagner -- Easter Day - C -- 2016
Contents "Before there can be Resurrection there must be Death" by Keith Wagner
Living Outside The Box -- John 13:31-35, Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, Psalm 148 -- Keith Wagner, C. David Mckirachan -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
Contents "Living Outside the Box" by Keith Wagner
The Church Finally Got It -- John 14:8-17 (25-27), Acts 2:1-21, Romans 8:14-17, Psalm 104:24-34, 35b -- Keith Wagner, C. David Mckirachan -- Day of Pentecost - C -- 2016
Contents "The Church Finally Got It" by Keith Wagner
Free! -- Luke 7:11-17, 1 Kings 17:8-16 (17-24), Galatians 1:11-24, Psalm 146 -- Keith Wagner -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2016
Contents "Free!" by Keith Wagner
Those Who Reap What They Sow Are Servants -- Luke 10:1-11, 16-20, 2 Kings 5:1-14, Galatians 6:(1-6) 7-16, Psalm 30 -- Keith Wagner -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - C -- 2016
Contents "Those who Reap what they Sow are Servants" by Keith Wagner
Call For Unity -- Luke 11:1-13, Hosea 1:2-10, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19), Psalm 85 -- Keith Wagner -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2016
Contents "Call for Unity" by Keith Wagner
Moving Forward -- Luke 13:10-17, Jeremiah 1:4-10, Hebrews 12:18-29, Psalm 71:1-6 -- Keith Wagner, C. David Mckirachan -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 2016
Contents "Moving Forward" by Keith Wagner "Living Unafraid" by Keith Wagner
Come, Join The Party! -- Luke 15:1-10, Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Psalm 14 -- Keith Wagner, Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2016
Contents "Come, Join the Party!" by Keith Wagner
Rebirth For Troubled Souls -- Luke 17:11-19, Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7, 2 Timothy 2:8-15, Psalm 66:1-12 -- Keith Wagner, C. David Mckirachan -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - C -- 2016
Contents "Rebirth for Troubled Souls" by Keith Wagner
Growing Pains -- Luke 19:1-10, Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Psalm 119:137-144 -- Keith Wagner, Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2016
Contents "Growing Pains" by Keith Wagner
Who's The Boss? -- Luke 23:33-43, Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 1:68-79 -- C. David Mckirachan, Keith Wagner -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2016
Contents "Who's the Boss?" by C. David McKirachan
Why Did He Ask? -- Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- C. David Mckirachan, Keith Wagner -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
Contents "Why did he ask?" by C. David McKirachan
Forgive And Forget -- Mark 12:38-44, Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17, Hebrews 9:24-28, Psalm 127 -- Keith Wagner -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - B -- 2015
Contents "Forgive and Forget" by Keith Wagner
God Is Awesome -- Luke 24:44-53, Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Psalm 47 -- Keith Wagner -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2015
Contents "God is Awesome" by Keith Wagner
Heavenly Showers -- Mark 1:4-11, Psalm 29 -- Keith Wagner -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - B -- 2015
Contents "Heavenly Showers" by Keith Wagner
Change Is Essential For Newness -- Mark 3:20-35, 1 Samuel 8:4-11 (12-15) 16-20 (11:14-15), 2 Corinthians 4:13--5:1 -- Keith Wagner, Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - B -- 2015
Contents "Change is Essential for Newness" by Keith Wagner
The Joy Of Giving -- Mark 5:21-43, 1 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Psalm 130 -- Keith Wagner, Sandra Herrmann -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2015
Contents "The Joy of Giving" by Keith Wagner
When Grief Is Unresolved -- John 6:34, 41-51, Ephesians 4:25--5:2, Psalm 130 -- Keith Wagner -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - B -- 2015
Contents "When Grief is Unresolved" by Keith Wagner
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