Table Talks by Rev. Dr. Jeff Moore

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“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, […]

“Defense Against the Dark Arts” 02-26-17

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“Defense Against the Dark Arts”  (Jeff Moore, preaching)  Luke 10:1-18      Here’s a story about demons submitting and Satan falling from the sky.  A real defense against the dark arts adventure.  What incredibly powerful, magical, spiritual weapons did these wizard-like disciples use to accomplish such a thing?  Jesus sent 70 out into the world and told […]

“Jesus Always Said, Neighbor Is As Neighbor Does” (2-5-17)

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Luke 10:25-37   “Jesus Always Said, Neighbor Is As Neighbor Does” Jeff Moore, preaching Jesus’ story does what all his parables seem to do.  It turns our questions upside down.  “Who is my neighbor?” is a question clearly looking for a list of insiders and outsiders.  “So, Jesus, is my neighbor near, far, black, white, straight, […]

“Baby Jesus and Baby New Year Grow up Fast!” (1-8-17)

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“Baby Jesus and Baby New Year Grow up Fast!” Isaiah 42:1-9 After all the celebrations of Christmas and the New Year, all of the talk of babies and fresh starts and hope and new beginnings, we are immediately confronted with God’s true purpose of establishing justice in the world.  God’s servant  (the Gospels see Jesus […]

“What Mary Knew About God” (12-11-16)

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“What Mary Knew About God”   (Jeff Moore, preaching)   Luke 1:46-55 Mary knew about God’s mercy.  She knew that God scatters the proud and their thoughts.  She knew that God lowers the powerful and lifts up the lowly.  She knew that God fills up the hungry with good things.  Mary knew that this God – […]

Ain’t Gonna Study War No More (11-27-16)

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Isaiah 2:1-5   First Sunday of Advent Advent begins today and (spoiler alert!) we’re waiting for something that’s already here.  As Christians we proclaim Jesus as the Prince of Peace, and yet we seem surrounded by war and conflict and oppression.  We live in this constant and difficult tension – some call it, “already and not […]

“A HI-SEAS IV Church: (Living the Promise Now)” (11-13-16)

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“A HI-SEAS IV Church: (Living the Promise Now)”  Isaiah 65:17-25 Someday…  Someday I’ll eat well, clean my room, spend more time with my family, finish my book…  Someday people will live justly, honor God and one another, and live in peace.  If we believe this vision from Isaiah 65 is truly God’s intention for humanity, […]