Table Talks by Rev. Dr. Jeff Moore

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“It’s Time to Transform Our Hearts and Minds.”

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Mark 1:9-15        “It’s Time to Transform Our Hearts and Minds.” Last week I suggested that one way to understand the initial proclamation Jesus makes in Mark is through the word, “finally.”  It’s as true today as it was then.  God’s reign is at hand.  We are called to be transformed.  What will it mean to […]

“Listen to Him!”

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Mark 9:2-9     “Listen to Him!”   (Jeff Moore, preaching) This is Transfiguration Sunday, so named because it is when we read gospel accounts of Jesus being transfigured on the mountain.  In addition to what they saw, Mark tells us that Peter, James, and John also heard a voice from the cloud saying, “This is my Son, […]

Table Talk, 2-4-17 “Walking, Running, Flying”

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“Walking, Running, Flying”  (Jeff Moore, preaching) Isaiah 40:21-31        God is doing a new thing – something we’re called to acknowledge and accept.  Is this old news – just for history – or is God still a God of new surprises?  What’s God up to?  How will we know?  Isaiah promises us extraordinary strength, stamina, […]

“Fat Sheep and Lean Sheep” 11-26-17

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Ezekiel 34:11-24 “Fat Sheep and Lean Sheep” Shepherds care about the whole flock.  They just do.  It is the work of the shepherd to make sure all the sheep have what they need to thrive.  Here in Ezekiel we see that sheep have responsibilities too.  When some sheep get fat at the expense of others, […]

“Now Concerning the Times and the Seasons” 11-19-17

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“Now Concerning the Times and the Seasons”  (Jeff Moore, preaching) 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 “Does anybody really know what time it is?  Does anybody really care?” Do we REALLY believe that God has and that God is doing something through Jesus Christ?  How can we become and remain prepared for the presence of God’s Spirit in […]

“The Best Teachers Are Lifelong Students”   11-5-17

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Matthew 23:1-12   “The Best Teachers Are Lifelong Students”   (Jeff Moore, preaching)   I remember, 30 years ago, being enamored with the thought of teaching at the college level.  I thought about giving assignments, owning lots of books, the wire-rimmed glasses, even the elbow patches on my jacket!  But, of course, those things don’t make […]

“Martin and Moses” 10-29-17 (Jeff Moore, preaching)

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  Deuteronomy 34:1-12 “Martin and Moses” Deuteronomy 34 tells us how God shows Moses the promised land, but Moses doesn’t get there.  We’re reminded of all Moses had done – how unequalled he was.  Martin Luther King, Jr. had this passage in mind when he gave his final speech in Memphis… We got some difficult […]

“Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places?” (10-22-17)

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Philippians 2:1-13 “Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places?” The way Paul talks about love, it seems to involve humility, giving, and even pain.  Love, it seems, is risky.  Why, then, would it be worth it?  What does Paul know that he wants us to know?  What does he tell us about love’s source, […]

“Positive!” (10-8-17)

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October 8 Exodus 20:1-20 “Positive!” When I was a child, I remember learning the ten commandments as a long list of negatives:  Thou shalt not, thou shalt not, thou shalt not…  The commandments were so heavy that I wasn’t at all surprised to see pictures of Moses carrying them on big stone tablets. They seemed […]

“Coin Collecting” (10-1-17)

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October 1 Matthew 22:15-22 “Coin Collecting” Jesus uses a coin to make a point in an exchange with some Pharisees.  What might he have been trying to say?  Let’s look at some coins, some claims, and try to decipher what belongs to God and what belongs to the emperor.  I think we’ll be richly rewarded, […]