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More than we bargained for…

September 8, 2019 13th Sunday after Pentecost Jeremiah 18:1–11 Psalm 139:1–6, 13–18 Luke 14:25–33 Reverend Dr. Stephen Caine 14:25Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said to them, 26“Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot […]

Impossible guest list and other difficult acts of faith

September 1, 2019 (The 12th Sunday after Pentecost) Indian Hill Church Cincinnati, OH Jeremiah 2:4–13 Psalm 81:1, 10–16 Luke 14:1, 7–14 Reverend Dr. Stephen Caine 14:1 On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely. 7 […]

Blessed division

August 18, 2019 (The 10th Sunday after Pentecost) Indian Hill Church Cincinnati, OH Isaiah 5:1–7 Psalm 80:1–2, 8–19 Hebrews 11:29–12:2 Luke 12:49–56 Reverend Dr. Stephen Caine 12:49 “I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50 I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what […]

Misguided theology and other myths of faith

August 11, 2019 (The 9th Sunday after Pentecost) Indian Hill Church Cincinnati, OH Isaiah 1:1, 10–20 Psalm 50:1–8, 22–23 Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 Luke 12:32–40 Reverend Dr. Stephen Caine 12:32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make […]

A Farmer who talks to himself…

August 4, 2019 (The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost) Indian Hill Church Cincinnati, OH Hosea 11:1-11 Psalm 107:1-9, 43 Luke 12:13-21 Reverend Dr. Stephen Caine 12:13 “Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be […]

Seeking a balance

July 21, 2019 (The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost) Indian Hill Church Cincinnati, OH Amos 8:1–12 Psalm 52 Luke 10:38-42 Reverend Dr. Stephen Caine 10:38 “Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who sat […]

How we treat people matters

July 14, 2019 (The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost) Indian Hill Church Cincinnati, OH Amos 7:7-17 Psalm 82 Luke 10:25-37 Reverend Dr. Stephen Caine 10:25 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? […]

The journey ahead

July 7, 2019 (The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost) Indian Hill Church Cincinnati, OH Isaiah 66:10-14 Psalm 66:1-9 Luke 10:1-11,16-20 Reverend Dr. Stephen Caine 10:1 After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2 He said to […]

Relationships, Relationships, Relationships

June 16, 2019 (Trinity Sunday) Indian Hill Church Cincinnati, OH Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 Psalm 8 John 16:12-15 Reverend Dr. Stephen Caine 16:12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will […]

Unity in the midst of division

June 2, 2019 (The Seventh Sunday of Easter) Indian Hill Church Cincinnati, OH Acts 16:16-34 Psalm 97 John 17:20-26 Reverend Dr. Stephen Caine 17:20 “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one. As you, […]

No judgment, just love

May 19, 2019 (The Fifth Sunday of Easter) Indian Hill Church Cincinnati, OH Acts 11:1-18 Psalm 148 John 13:31-35 Reverend Dr. Stephen Caine 13:31 “When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32 If God has been glorified in him, God […]

Questions, everybody’s got them…

May 12, 2019 (The Fourth Sunday of Easter & Confirmation) Indian Hill Church Cincinnati, OH Acts 9:36-43 Psalm 23 John 10:22-30 Reverend Dr. Stephen Caine 10:22 At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. 24 […]