Is Our God an Enabling God? – Aug. 23, 2015

Duane preaching June 7,2015.Prophets often make us uncomfortable. Hosea was no different as he spoke about the evil around him. Duane spoke from Hosea 11:1-11.

Evil is a slippery slope. Initially it masquerades as “a good thing,” can often be further rationalized as good, leads to a progressively downward spiral, and ultimately leads to death.

Following Duane’s sermon, new attender Devon Bates shared with us a poem he wrote this week based on the scripture for the week.


Compromised Faith – Aug. 16, 2015

Duane preaching June 7,2015.Duane preaches from Micah 6:6-16. Micah, like other old testament prophets, was not very politically correct; he told it like it was.

He uses, among other things, the backpack buddies program sponsored by the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle at Hope Elementary and the issue of affordable housing in Raleigh as areas that provide us a way to live out our faith. What does the Lord require of us?  To do justice, love kindness,
and walk humbly with our God.


Forgiveness: The Metamorphosis of the Inner Person – May 31, 2015

Duane preaching on Sunday, May 17, 2015The series on Forgiveness continues with Duane’s sermon this Sunday that pulls in several references, including the Luke 15 passage about the Prodigal Son. (Scripture was from Luke 15, 1-2, 11-32.) As part of the message, Duane included both a slide about the stages of forgiveness, as well as a video showing the emergence of a Monarch butterfly from a chrysalis.