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Robert Keefer

Sermon from February 24: Undoing Duality


Undoing Duality Epiphany VII; February 24, 2019 Genesis 2:18-25 In June 2016 a circuit court judge in Multnomah County, Oregon decreed that legally Jamie Shupe was neither male nor female, but non-binary. Jamie's birth certificate was changed appropriately and Jamie uses the pronoun "they," not "he" nor "she." [1] I first heard about Jamie on a pod...
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Sermon from February 10: The Soul of Jonathan

The Soul of Jonathan Epiphany V; February 10, 2019 I Samuel 18:1-9 I'm going to tell you the story of the biblical character of Jonathan and I have struggled with the conclusion to draw from it. As usual, I prefer to tell the story and encourage you to draw your own conclusions. But I need to put it in context for us; that is, why this story and wh...
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Sermon for February 3: Hagar's Way

Hagar's Way Epiphany IV; February 3, 2019 Genesis 21:8-21 I don't know if Hagar's story really figures into this series on sexuality and gender as much as I want it to, but her story is an important one and I want you to know it. Like Abishag's story, her story is of a woman who is used as a tool, and it is certainly instructive. But what I admire ...
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Sermon for January 27 - Abishag: #MeToo

Abishag: #MeToo Epiphany III; January 27, 2019 I Kings 1:1-4 I'm going to tell you the story of Abishag the Shunammite, but first I'll give you my commentary. As I mentioned last week, I'm going to do a few sermons on topics related to questions of gender and sexuality. But I also realize that the most memorable sermons are the stories of people. S...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for January 20 - Marriage & Jesus' Glory

Marriage and Jesus' Glory Epiphany II; January 20, 2019 John 2:1-11 Our Session appointed a group of folks who are exploring the question of whether we, as a Church, ought to become part of the More Light movement in the Presbyterian Church. More Light Presbyterians are Christians who are committed to inclusiveness, particularly (but not exclusivel...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for January 13: The Facade of the Passion



The Façade of the Passion The Baptism of the Lord; January 13, 2019 Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Last Sunday we went to the International Mass at the Basilica of the Holy Family (Sagrada Família) in Barcelona. It was a Roman Catholic Mass, but it was international in the sense that the liturgy was in Latin (the international language), and the readings, pra...
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Robert Keefer

Sermons for Christmas Eve

A People in Training The Nativity of the Lord; December 24, 2018 Titus 2:11-14 5:00 pm service Paul to Titus: Christ has come to show us how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life and take on a God-filled, God-honoring life. What quality do we most need for a God-filled, God-honoring life? I have an answer for that; let's see if you have th...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for Advent III: Always?

Always? Advent III; December 16, 2018 Philippians 4:4-7 The children of the Church did their musical program at the 10:30 service, so this sermon was only for the 8:00 service. Why is there a pink candle in the Advent wreath? Somebody said it was because Mary and Joseph were hoping for a girl. Actually, it's a little more complicated and a lot less...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon from Advent II: John to the Church

  John to the Church Advent II; December 9, 2018 Luke 3:1-6 To the reader: The "new reality" referred to at the beginning is the letter we all received this week from our Associate Pastor that she has decided to move on. Please pray for her as she discerns God's call to her. On the Second Sunday of Advent we almost always look at John the Bapt...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for Advent I - December 2

Hard Talk About the End Advent I; December 2, 2018 Luke 21:25-36 I don't know how much you folks are into popular Christianity, what connections these words of Jesus make for you. Fans of the "Left Behind" series of books and movies will have a preconception of what this is about. The makers of the (in my opinion) really awful movie This is the End...
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Sermon for November 25: Thankful for the King

Thankful for the King Christ the King; November 25, 2018 Revelation 1:4b-8 "…and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth." Pretty strong words about an executed carpenter, don't you think? Still, today is Christ the King, a day to look at that executed carpenter and call him King, ...
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Sermon from November 25 - Hebrews 10:19-25



"Since we… Let us…" Pentecost XXVI (O. T. 33); November 18, 2018 Hebrews 10:19-25 One sermon that I heard as a young adult still sticks in my head because it annoyed me so much. It consisted of about twenty minutes of "We must" statements. That was forty years ago, so I don't remember what any of them were, but I just remember our Pastor saying "We...
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Sermon from November 11: A Matter of Context

​This brief message was followed by a presentation from a member of Gideons International, who told about the impact of their Bibles and the opportunities for those who may feel called to be part of their ministry. A Matter of Context Pentecost XXV (O. T. 32); November 11, 2018 Hebrews 9:24-28 I thought of calling this message, "Say what?" because ...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon from All Saints: The Pain of a New Start

The Pain of a New Start All Saints Sunday; November 4, 2018 John 11:32-44 Last Sunday I asked you to share with one another and with me your thoughts about what you hope for in Christ. After the service, one of you said to me, "I hope in Christ." And I asked, "What do you hope for?" You said, "Resurrection!" Yes. Although every Sunday we celebrate ...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon from October 28: What More Do We Need?

  What More Do We Need? Reformation Sunday (O. T. 30); October 28, 2018 Hebrews 7:23-28 There is, on the one hand, the abrogation of an earlier commandment because it was weak and ineffectual (for the law made nothing perfect); there is, on the other hand, the introduction of a better hope, through which we approach God (Hebrews 7:18-19). I do...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon from October 7: It Simply Flows

It Simply Flows World Communion Sunday (O. T. 27); October 7, 2018 II Corinthians 8:1-7 Note: I read II Corinthians 8:1-7 from Eugene Peterson's Translation, The Message , and the title comes from that version. The other reading for the morning was I Corinthians 10:16-17. Some of you said that you were struggling to find the connection between toda...
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Sermon from September 30: One Blood, One Spirit

One Blood, One Spirit Pentecost XIX (O. T. 26); September 30, 2018 John 17:20-23 with Mark 8:1-9 This is the last week in our series "A Place at the Table;" today's theme is "Extending the Table," and the part of the communion prayer that we focus on is the second idea in the prayer for the Holy Spirit: we pray for the Holy Spirit to make us one. T...
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Sermon from September 23: One Bread, One Body

One Bread, One Body Pentecost XVIII (O. T. 25); September 23, 2018 Mark 6:34-44 Two different but related ideas are pulling on us today and I'll simply riff on both of them for a few minutes. Both are captured in that moment when Jesus takes the bread and blesses it before distributing it to the people seated on the grass. He blesses the bread. Hav...
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Sermon for September 16: Table Manners

Table Manners Pentecost XVII (O. T. 24) Luke 14:12-15 Jesus had terrible table manners. I want to tell you a little more about the story you just heard and then we can see if you agree with me. Jesus was a dinner guest at the home of one of the leaders of the group known as Pharisees, strict keepers of the religious law. Luke says that the others w...
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Sermon from September 9: A Place at Jesus' Table

A Place at Jesus' Table Pentecost XVI (O. T. 23); September 9, 2018 John 14:1-4 My colleague told me a story that has aspects that really bothered me at the time, and still bother me today, but I'm telling that part of my head to shut up and listen for a deeper point. He said that one Sunday they were having communion in his church and they had a g...
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