Friday, March 7, 2014

Wisdom and Doubt

Susan R. Garrett
Dean of the Seminary
Professor of New Testament
March 7, 2014
Exploratory Weekend
Proverbs 8:1-11
James 1:5-7; 3:13-18
Doubts are not all bad—sometimes they serve very useful purposes. Some kinds of doubt actually serve a useful purpose. Doubt can be the still small voice causing us to question our choices. Doubt can be the messenger from above prompting us to question the wisdom we receive from the world and measure it against the standards of God. Listen to the sermonRead the sermon in PDF.

Monday, February 10, 2014

A Little Child Shall Lead Them

J. Bradley Wigger

Second Presbyterian Church Professor of Christian Education

Spring Convocation Address
February 6, 2014
Isaiah 11:6-9
Mark 10:13-16

Maybe the church can stretch a little by welcoming children, maybe we can practice a little more often advocating for the least of these in society, perhaps we can cultivate richer imaginations for love’s sake. Perhaps we can trust a child to lead us in the ways of peace. Listen to the convocation sermonRead the sermon in PDF.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Contending with the Beast

Lewis O. Brogdon

Assistant Professor of New Testament and Black Church Studies
Director of the Black Church Studies Program

November 8, 2013
Revelation 13:1-10

Apocalyptic images are not just helpful for the ancients as they sought to make sense of their suffering and poverty. These images are helpful in my attempt to describe what has proceeded out of the waters of the Middle Passage, centuries of colonialism, slavery, and racism. I believe the beast re-emerged and stands before us today. This sermon explores the importance of this image for the church today in the struggle against systemic evils like racism. In the end, this text calls for three things: a realistic faith, a relevant faith, and a resistant faith.  Listen to the sermon.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Opposite Day

Gerald Liu
Visiting Professor of Worship

November 1, 2013
Luke 6:20-31

The message suggests that grasping the blessings and woes in Luke and "Doing unto others as we would have them do unto us" means playing a game of opposites. Followers of Jesus must learn to love their enemies and live lives oriented toward the promises of God instead of human judgment.  Listen to the sermon.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Michael Jinkins
Professor of Theology

October 11, 2013
Luke 3:21-23a
Exploratory Weekend

What does it mean that the ministry of Jesus began at his baptism in the Jordan River? What does it mean that we are called into the ministry of Christ through our own baptisms?  Listen to the Exploratory Weekend sermon.   Read the Exploratory Weekend sermon in PDF.