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A Breeze In The Dark -- John 3:1-17 -- William G. Carter -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2018
In his autobiography, actor Alec Guinness tells a story that might keep every pastor and church scho
Welcome to the Household -- Mark 10:2-16 -- William G. Carter -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - B -- 2011
Some years ago, theologian Edward Farley raised a good question for preachers: "When we stand up on
The God Who Gives -- John 6:24-35 -- William G. Carter -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2011
We had a very tasty meal.
Bread of Life -- John 6:34, 41-51 -- William G. Carter -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - B -- 2011
One of the things you may have noticed about the four gospels is that each, in some way, addresses t
The Meal that Stays with You -- John 6:51-58 -- William G. Carter -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - B -- 2011
Gene Roddenberry is widely remembered as the creator of Star Trek, one of the most successful
Chew on This -- John 6:56-69 -- William G. Carter -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B -- 2011
The sermon was a flop. Jesus had been invited to preach at the synagogue in Capernaum.
Dirty Fingernails, Clean Hearts -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 17-23 -- William G. Carter -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2011
One thing I have noticed about church people is how they usually wash up before they go to church.
Going to the Dogs -- Mark 7:24-37 -- William G. Carter -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - B -- 2011
There are some Bible stories that embarrass me and this is one of them.
A Glance and a Sigh -- Mark 7:24-37 -- William G. Carter -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - B -- 2011
There is a scripture text that I would commend to all of us.
Testifying Among Other Shrines -- Mark 8:27-38 -- William G. Carter -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - B -- 2011
The tourist bus rolled into the parking lot at Caesarea Philippi.
Welcoming the Child -- Mark 9:30-37 -- William G. Carter -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B -- 2011
"Hey you! Get out of here!"
For Us or Against Us? -- Mark 9:38-50 -- William G. Carter -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2011
On a day like World Communion Sunday, we remember the world is much bigger than we think.
The Eyes Of Your Heart -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Richard W. Ferris, William G. Carter, Jeff Wedge, Richard C. Brand -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2004
John Edward believes that people don't just die, but that they "cross over."
The Gifted -- 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 -- William G. Carter -- Day of Pentecost - A -- 2004
If you ask me, a sermon should say only one thing.
No Longer Damned -- Romans 8:1-11 -- William G. Carter -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2004
The text for today is Romans, chapter 8, verse 1: "Therefore, there is no condemnation for those who
Speaking Of The Spirit -- Romans 8:12-25 -- William G. Carter -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2004
There's something you might not know about the Apostle Paul.
No Shame -- Romans 1:16-17; 3:22b-28 (29-31) -- William G. Carter -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - A -- 2004
I am very taken by what Paul says.
Uncle Abraham -- Romans 4:13-25 -- William G. Carter -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - A -- 2004
I have good news for you this morning. None of you are good enough to be here.
Still Sinners, Still Forgiven -- Romans 5:1-8 -- William G. Carter -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2004
I have an announcement to make. Today's sermon is not for everybody.
At War With Myself -- Romans 7:15-25a -- William G. Carter -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 2004
In a certain church, a woman was leading the congregation in the prayer of confession.
Slaves Of A Different Master -- Romans 6:12-23 -- William G. Carter -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2004
Earlier this week somebody asked what the sermon was about.
Thank God, We're Already Dead -- Romans 6:1b-11 -- William G. Carter -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - A -- 2004
If you ever find yourself on the corner of 56th Street and Lexington Avenue in New York City, stop i
A Name Not Taken In Vain -- 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 -- William G. Carter -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - A -- 2004
In the middle of March, 1961, a minister named Duffy splashed water on my head in the middle of a Su

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The God Who Gives -- John 6:24-35 -- William G. Carter -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2011
We had a very tasty meal.
Going to the Dogs -- Mark 7:24-37 -- William G. Carter -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - B -- 2011
There are some Bible stories that embarrass me and this is one of them.
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