Table Talks by Rev. Dr. Jeff Moore

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“God’s Pleasure and ALL Things” (8-20-17)

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Ephesians 1:3-23 “God’s Pleasure and ALL Things” What makes God happy?  From this text in Ephesians it looks like God’s pleasure includes bring everybody and everyone together under the auspices of God’s grace.  That means, by definition, if we’re working to exclude anyone from God’s presence and grace, we’re working against what gives God pleasure.  […]

“(God) Love(s) Your Enemies”   (8-6-17)

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“(God) Love(s) Your Enemies”   (Jeff Moore, preaching) Jonah 3:1-4:11 If there’s one thing we know about Ninevites in the Bible, it’s that Israelites don’t like them – and for good reason.  As the Assyrian capital, Nineveh was the place from which invaders came to defeat the northern kingdom and threaten the southern kingdom.  No wonder […]

“Journeying By Stages” (7-23-17)

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July 23 Genesis 12:1-9 “Journeying By Stages” God’s covenant with Abram is for the blessing of all the families of the earth.”  Abram responds obediently, and sets off.  He’s not immediately and automatically a blessing, it seems.  It doesn’t all happen at once.  What about us?  Where are we in this narrative.  As spiritual descendants […]

“The Earthling” (7-16-17)

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Jeff Moore, preaching Genesis 2:4b-15 “The Earthling” In this second, more personal, creation story God’s connection with us and our connections to one another and to creation are explicit and hopeful.  How will we live as those created from the earth itself and filled with God’s breath?  How will we relate to one another and […]

“Heart Surgery” 6-18-17

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Deuteronomy 10:12-22   “Heart Surgery.”   Here in Deuteronomy we have clear directions about God’s expectations of Israel, and of us.  God lets us know about God’s heart, and about how we must open our own hearts and connect to the most vulnerable in order that we might truly connect with God’s heart.  How we […]

“Who Made Whom?” 5-21-17 (Jeff Moore, preaching)

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May 21           Acts 17:22-31           “Who Made Whom?” Think of all the human-made stuff people worship and serve: money, fame, power, fashion, security, possessions, groups, institutions.  Just like the Athenians and their statue to an unknown god, we take lots of opportunities to venerate something.  Paul offers them and us a deeper understanding of God.  I […]

“Jesus Incognito?” Easter Sunday 4-16-17

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April 16        Easter           John 20:1-18 and Matthew 25:34-40     “Jesus Incognito?”   (Jeff Moore, preaching) Mary goes to the garden to see Jesus.  When she encounters the risen Christ she doesn’t recognize him until he calls her by name and she recognizes him as teacher.  What will make for our Easter encounter?  How can we see Jesus […]

Demonstrating Change (4-9-17)

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Matthew 21:1-11  “Demonstrating Change”     (Jeff Moore, preaching)  What happened on what we now know as Palm Sunday was more than a parade, it was more than a fan event.  Not the biggest celebration Chicago has seen since 1908.  Not a Cardinal Nation celebration.  It was a street demonstration.  A question I often ask myself this […]

“God’s Trying To Get To Me…Through You!” (3-12-17)

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Genesis 12:1-4a     “God’s Trying To Get To Me…Through You!”  (Jeff Moore, preaching)   “Leave home, everything and everyone you know, and go to a place I’ll show you.”  God sending Abram was about a lot more than just Abram, just as God sending you is about a lot more than just you.  Here in this […]

“Runnin’ With the Devil” 3-5-2017

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Matthew 4:1-11    “Runnin’ With the Devil” Life is full of choices, it seems, even for Jesus.  Jesus was tempted too.  Lest we think that Jesus was merely refusing the offers of the devil because Jesus was an ascetic, we need to notice that he has clear theological reasons behind each of his choices.  What if, […]