Browsing Sermons by Author "Somerville, Jim"


Browsing Sermons by Author "Somerville, Jim"

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  • Somerville, Jim (2005-12-11)
    The audience addressed by the text is "the afflicted, the brokenhearted, the captives, the prison, and mourners. In short," as Will Willimon says, "your average December congregation." After playing with the idea that the ...
  • Somerville, Jim (2006-01-22)
    First in a five-part series based on the teachings of Deitrich Bonhoeffer
  • Somerville, Jim (2006-02-19)
    The microphone was turned off for the first couple of sentences (and then came on with a pop a little later). The first few sentences are these: "Just a few weeks ago in worship (January 8) Debbie Cochran and I invited you ...
  • Somerville, Jim (2006-02-12)
    Bonhoeffer's Life Together: "Ministry" is the fourth in a five-part sermon series on Bonhoeffer's book, Life Together.
  • Somerville, Jim (2006-02-05)
    Third of a five-part sermon series based on the teachings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
  • Somerville, Jim (2006-01-29)
    Second of a five-part series based on the teachings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
  • Somerville, Jim (2006-03-12)
    Jesus said, "What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul?" In this sermon I look at two men in particular--my father and the father of a classmate from Phillips Exeter Academy--in considering ...
  • Somerville, Jim (2005-12-07)
    The Isaiah text begs Gd to “tear open the heavens” and come down. Because of his long absence we have all sinned and fallen away. The long absence of Jesus, likewise, makes us wonder if there’s anything to the idea of the ...
  • Somerville, Jim (2006-05-14)
    While we know that Jesus is the vine and we are the branches, we sometimes forget that his Father is the gardener, the one who inspects the branches to see which need to be pruned and which need to be lopped off. There is ...
  • Somerville, Jim (2006-01-01)
    In the Gospel of Matthew the birth of Jesus is a very small, very private affair. If you hadnâ t been paying attention you would have missed it. But someone was paying attantion: the wise men. Are there signs of Godâ s ...
  • Somerville, Jim (2006-04-16)
    The recently recovered Gospel of Judas sets forth the old Gnostic heresy of docetism, suggesting that Christ put on the flesh of Jesus like a man might put on an overcoat. In this sermon I set forth the orthodox view of ...
  • Somerville, Jim (2005-12-07)
    The parable of the Great Judgement, also known as “the Sheep and the Goats.” If we had known it was Jesus who was hungry, thirsty, naked, etc. we would have treated him differently, we would have baked a cake! Which is ...
  • Somerville, Jim (2006-03-26)
    Jesus (or maybe it’s John) says the judgment has come already: “the light has come into the world and the people loved darkness more than light because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19). What would it look like to love ...
  • Somerville, Jim (2006-05-07)
    It is a strange logic that suggest that just because someone died for us we should die for each other (1 John 3:16). But what if laying down our lives (the Greek word is psyche) really meant something more like laying ...
  • Somerville, Jim (2005-12-14)
    "I just had this funny thought about John the Baptist, the preacher of fire and brimstone, and how his message might have been different if he were Episcopalian instead (it's a joke, OK? I know John wasn't really Baptist). ...
  • Somerville, Jim (2005-12-25)
    This day was also the 50th anniversary of the first service held in the beautiful sanctuary of First Baptist Church. I picked up on that scrap of verse in Luke about there being “no room in the inn” for Joseph and Mary ...
  • Somerville, Jim (2006-04-09)
    When I was in college I dated a girl who thought of me as her future husband, and judged by all my actions against that expectation. What happens to Jesus when he fails to live up to the expectations of that Palm Sunday crowd?
  • Somerville, Jim (2005-11-29)
    The message of the book of Revelation is essentially this: "Keep the faith, even in times of persecution; those who endure to the end will be saved." Christians in America are not being persecuted, but has it eve been ...
  • Somerville, Jim (2005-12-07)
    This is the story of the talents and the one-talent man who was "afraid," and hid the money in the ground. What would happen if a church lost its fear? What kind of things would it do?
  • Somerville, Jim (2005-12-18)
    A sermon on the annunciation to Mary, beginning with the imagined conversation between God and Gabriel (kind of like that conversation between the angels at the beginning of "It's a Wonderful Life"). Mary's life would not ...

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