St. John's Franklin Podcast

Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “Mary-The First Disciple” based on Luke 1:26-38 (Mary's Song) for The Fourth Sunday of Advent on December 21, 2014. Mary is the person and place where God chose to enter most deeply in to the human story, into our stories. She also is the one who hears the Word of God and responds in faith.


The Fourth Sunday of Advent 

2 Samuel 7:1-11,16 

Luke 1:46-55 (Mary's Song)

Romans 16:25-27
Luke 1:26-38

Direct download: MaryFirstDisciple.mp3
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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “The World Is About To Turn" based on Luke 1:46-55 (Mary's Song) for The Third Sunday of Advent on December 14, 2014. God is at work in individual lives and in the social order as a whole in order to subvert the very structure of society that supports and perpetuates tyranny, injustice, and oppression.


The Third Sunday of Advent 

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 

Luke 1:46-55 (Mary's Song)

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

John 1:6-8, 19-28

Direct download: WorldAboutToTurn.mp3
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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “Out of the Depths We Cry" based on Psalm 130 for The Second Sunday of Advent on December 7, 2014. Lament is a posture before God that acknowledges our limits and weakness, our sinfulness, our need of redemption, as well as our trust and communion with God.


The Second Sunday of Advent 

Isaiah 40:1-11 

Psalm 130

2 Peter 3:8-15

Mark 1:1-8


Direct download: HearOurCry.mp3
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Michael McGhee preached a sermon entitled “In a Little While" based on Mark 13:24-37 for The First Sunday of Advent on November 30, 2014. Advent takes our daily lives and puts them in an eschatological (the last days) context and in doing so the struggles and longing of our daily lives become a lament for the return of Christ.


The First Sunday of Advent 

Isaiah 64:1-9 

Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19

1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Mark 13:24-37

Direct download: InLittleWhile.mp3
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Michael McGhee preached a sermon entitled “Winning by Losing" based on Matthew 25:31-46 for Christ the King Sunday on November 23, 2014. As Christians we are given the gift of power, and the Cross teaches us how to use that power. Andy Crouch puts it this way, "Why is power a gift? Because power is for flourishing. When power is used well, people and the whole cosmos come more alive to what they were meant to be. And flourishing is the test of power."


Christ the King Sunday 
Ezekiel 34:11-16,20-24 

Psalm 100

Ephesians 1:15-23
Matthew 25:31-46

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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “Bold and Risky Initiatives" based on Matthew 25:14-30 for The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost on November 16, 2014. Being prepared for Jesus’ coming in the Gospel of Matthew is not a posture of religious contemplation, having a certain emotional experience, or even of prayer; in the Gospel of Matthew the grace of the Gospel motivates the disciple who follows Jesus Christ to take risky initiatives to engage the beauty and brokenness of the world as he or she waits for the Lord's coming.


The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost 
Judges 4:1-7 

Psalm 123 

I Thessalonians 5:1-11
Matthew 25:14-30

Direct download: Stewardship.mp3
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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “The Nearness of His Coming" based on Matthew 25:1-13 for The Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost on November 9, 2014. Those whose faith is changing their lives will be ready when Jesus comes.


The Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost 
Joshua 24:1-3,14-25 

Psalm 78:1-7 

I Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13


Direct download: Nearness.mp3
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Canon Mary Hays preached a sermon entitled “Hello Saints!" for All Saints Day on November 2, 2014.

All Saints Day
Revelation 7:9-17 

Psalm 34:1-10,22 
I John 3:1-3 
Matthew 5:1-12

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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “To Gain a Heart of Wisdom" based on Psalm 90 for The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost on October 26, 2014. The ”wise heart” described in Psalm 90 is a heart that shaped by and responsive to the true and living God. As we follow Christ, we are continually undergoing a conversion of our faith and imagination.

The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost 
Deuteronomy 34:1-12 

Psalm 90 
I Thessalonians 2:1-8 
Matthew 22:34-46

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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “Israel's Predicament and Ours" based on Exodus 33:12-23 for The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost on October 19, 2014. In Exodus 33, God’s relationship with Israel is in crisis. This section is the theological center of the book of Exodus, and deals with one of the central questions of the whole of Scripture, pointing us forward to the Gospel of Jesus Christ: ”How can a holy God dwell among and with a sinful people?

The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost 
Exodus 33:12-23 

Psalm 99 
I Thessalonians 1:1-10 
Matthew 22:15-22

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