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Alix D Pridgen

Weekly sermons delivered by The Rev. Dr. Alix D. Pridgen

Episode 25: Seeding the World

Alix Pridgen

Mark 4:26-34  

Jesus also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”

He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

Episode 24: Crazy Like Jesus

Alix Pridgen

For many of the words and ideas in this sermon I am indebted to Bishop Michael B. Curry, Episcopal Church USA, who preached "We Need Some Crazy Christians" -- in 2012.  

Mark 3: 19b-21

Then [Jesus] went home; and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” 

Episode 22: Dancing With Trinity

Alix Pridgen

Sermon delivered on Holy Trinity Sunday, May 27, 2018, by The Rev. Dr. Alix D. Pridgen

The Trinity is not something to be solved. As Justo Gonzalez puts it, "Trinity is a mystery, not a puzzle.  Love is a mystery, a crossword is a puzzle.  You try to solve the puzzle, you stand in awe before a mystery." We’re trying to talk about God with words… and words are just too small.

Episode 21: Guided by the Spirit

Alix Pridgen

Acts 1:15-17, 20-26In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said, “Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus— for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry...  So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these must become a witness with us to his resurrection.” So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed and said, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.

Episode 20: Living Beyond Our Bias

Alix Pridgen

Sermon delivered by The Rev. Dr. Alix D. Pridgen on 5/6/2018

Text: Acts 10:44-48

While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter said, ‘Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?’ So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.

Episode 19: The Shepherd Has Your Back

Alix Pridgen

Sermon delivered for Good Shepherd Sunday,  April 22, 2018, by The Rev. Dr. Alix D. Pridgen

Sermon Text: John 10:11-18

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd."

Episode 17: God Uses Faithful Doubters

Alix Pridgen

Sermon delivered by The Rev. Dr. Alix D. Pridgen on April 8, 2018, Easter 2B

John 20:19-31

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

Episode 16: Easter and April Fools'

Alix Pridgen

Sermon delivered on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018, by The Rev. Dr. Alix D. Pridgen.

Sermon text:  Mark 16:1-8a  NRSV

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?’ When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, ‘Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.’ So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. 

 

Episode 15: A Principled Life

Alix Pridgen

Sermon on John 12:20-33  Jesus tells his followers that they must lose their life in order to save it -- for unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies it remains just a single grain, but if it dies it produces much fruit.

John 12:20-26  NRSV

Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.

Episode 14: The Antidote

Alix Pridgen

Sermon on John 3:15-17  NRSV   Lent 4B 2018  

"And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him."

Episode 13: God's Foolishness

Alix Pridgen

Sermon on I Corinthians 1:18-25

"For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength."

Episode 12: Taking Up a Cross

Alix Pridgen

Sermon on Mark 8:31-38 delivered 2/25/2018, Lent 2B, by Pastor Alix Pridgen

”The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and scribes, and be put to death… and after three days rise again.”  

 

Episode 11: Discernment

Alix Pridgen

Sermon on Mark 1:29-39  Early in the morning, while it was still quite dark, Jesus got up and went out to a deserted place and prayed.  We need to do the same.

Episode 10: Confronting Demons

Alix Pridgen

Sermon on The Gospel According to Mark 1:21-28 delivered by Pastor Alix Pridgen

Jesus is teaching in a synagogue on the Sabbath when he is confronted by a man with an unclean spirit. Jesus casts out the spirit.  How might we also cast out those "spirits" that seek to diminish our lives and the lives of others? 

Episode 9: A Word of Hope for All People

Alix Pridgen

Sermon on the story of Jonah. Delivered 1/21/2018 by The Rev. Dr. Alix D. Pridgen.

No one is beyond the reach of God's mercy and forgiveness. We are called to offer that word of hope to everyone -- especially those we think are least deserving of it.