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Sermons for a Critical Faith

By First Presbyterian Church
Sermons from First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, where faith is nurtured, curiosity encouraged, diversity welcomed, and all are loved. We value a faith that thinks critically about who we are and how we are called to make a difference in this world. We are a church in the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) denomination. Visit us on our website: www. fpclincoln.org
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A Critical Faith - Forgiveness or the lack thereof - April 11, 2021
“Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die.” Anne Lamott “To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.” Robert Muller So, what is the reality in our lives in regards of should we forgive, can we forgive and what does that look like. Let’s discover more about that on todays a critical faith podcast with pastor sue Coller from first Presbyterian church Lincoln, NE
18:34
April 13, 2021
Where do we go from here?
On Easter Sunday the sound of Christians saying ‘he is risen, he is risen indeed’ rang out all around the world. But what does Easter mean in a world where children die because we just don't value them enough? Easter is good news, but it can also be something we struggle with - even people of faith, when 2000 years after that first Easter, we still have way too much suffering in this world. That is the topic in today’s podcast.
14:56
April 5, 2021
The Gift of Misfits, or Community
It’s Palm Sunday and on today’s a critical faith podcast, we explore the gift of Misfits - or better said, gift of community as we continue our series of the Gifts of the Dark Wood during Lent. So let’s find out what it means to be a part of a group the appears to be on the outside looking in. Here now is Pastor Sue Coller from First Presbyterian church in Lincoln, ne
15:24
March 29, 2021
The gift of tempation
We continue our series 'The gifts of the dark wood' with Pastor Sue Coller from First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, NE.
17:02
March 22, 2021
The Gift of Getting Lost
We are never lost, even when we feel alone, isolated, and confused...God is not and God loves us with a love that we cannot comprehend.
18:59
March 16, 2021
The Gift of Being Thunderstruck
Does God still speak?  It would be nice if God would speak as clearly as  God does in the Bible – in direct, conversational English, but rarely  does God’s voice some through that unequivocally clear.  The Bible talks  about God’s voice sounding like thunder.  So what does the rumbling  thunder of God’s voice sound like today?
15:41
March 9, 2021
The Gift of Uncertainty
Loss – it doesn’t sound like a gift, does it?  Having the supports we  rely on stripped away doesn’t sound like a gift.  Feeling empty and  drained doesn’t sound like a gift.
13:29
March 2, 2021
A Critical Faith - The Gift of Uncertainty - February 21, 2021
Today we begin a journey in this season of Lent. Our worship series, “Gifts of the Dark Wood” is about “seeing life through new eyes.” Life is messy. Life is uncertain. Rather than a problem to be solved, what if we saw uncertainty, failure, emptiness, and loss as gifts? What if we saw how these uncomfortable times can actually help us let go of all we cannot know so that we can live more wholeheartedly?
15:29
February 22, 2021
A Critical Faith - Why Are We Surprised? - February 14, 2021
One of the ongoing questions about Jesus is this: Who do I think he is, and how do I think he works in today’s world? We explore that in today’s sermon by Dr. Kris Brammer
15:35
February 16, 2021
A Critical Faith - BE the Gospel - February 7, 2021
Who do you want to be like when you grow up?  Roles models that inspire are those who leave the comfort of their "comfort zones" to be with people where they are - no judgement, just love.  The Apostle Paul tells us how he does that - by being all things to all people.  But he doesn't mean what you might think he means.  We explore that in today's message.
23:19
February 10, 2021
A Critical Faith - The Limits of Freedom - January 31, 2021
Are we really free if there are limits?  And how does our Christian concept of liberty compare to that of the American society we live in?  A Sermon by Rev. Dr. Sue Coller
18:02
February 2, 2021
A Critical Faith - Just Love - January 24, 2021
Jonah didn't want to go to Ninevah - but God had other plans.  God's love is often more encompassing than ours.  A sermon by Rev. Dr. Jane Holtzclaw
19:47
January 27, 2021
A Critical Faith - Moving from ME to WE - January 17, 2021
We are a nation that prides itself on individualism.  In a way, that is some of what the division in our nation is about - individual rights.  I think most of us value our individual rights and freedoms, but where does it start to go off track, and lead us away from Christ?  A sermon by Rev. Dr. Sue Coller.
16:26
January 19, 2021
A Critical Faith - A Baptismal Calling in Times of Division - January 10, 2021
The week of this sermon, the US Capital was breached in Washington D.C. by people trying to disrupt the certification of the electoral college votes.  We are called to be healers of the breach.  So how do we respond out of our Christian faith?  As those who are baptized, what is God calling us to do?  A sermon by Rev. Dr. Sue Coller
17:09
January 12, 2021
A Critical Faith - Recognize - Re-Engage - Respond - January 3, 2021
Now that Christmas is past, now that we have celebrated the light of God coming into the world, do we recognize it when we see it?  How are we engaging with God in the world?  How are we responding?  A sermon by guest Rev. Katie Barrett Todd.
15:55
January 5, 2021
A Critical Faith - Believe it Now - The Time Has Come - December 27, 2020
Christmas may be over, but the work of Christmas is just beginning.  Guest Rev. Steve Earl helps us explore what comes next after the decorations come down.  A sermon preached December 27, 2020
10:55
December 28, 2020
A Critical Faith - God Believes in You - Christmas Eve, December 24, 2020
Sometimes it is more important to know God believes in us, than for us to believe in God.  A Christmas Eve Sermon by Rev. Dr. Sue Coller, at First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln Nebraska, Dec. 24, 2020
13:40
December 24, 2020
A Critical Faith - Where is this World God Promises? - Dec. 20, 2020
Didn't Jesus come to usher in the Kingdom of God? Where is it? On this 4th Sunday of Advent join us as we explore this question - part of our "I Believe Even When" Advent/Christmas Series.  Sermon by Rev. Dr. Sue Coller at First Presbyterian Church, Lincoln, Nebraska
17:18
December 21, 2020
A Critical Faith - Defiant Joy - December 13, 2020
In the gospel of Luke Mary sang a song about a world that she had yet to experience - it was a song of defiance in the face of a world that held a lot of danger.  She dared to believe what God told her, that the world was changing, and nothing could stop God's new world from coming.  What does that mean for us today?  How can we believe in God's better world when we see so much hatred and greed around us?  Join us as we explore this question.  Sermon by Rev. Dr. Sue Coller, from First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, Nebraska
18:27
December 17, 2020
A Critical Faith - I Believe Even When ... Love vs. Fear - December 6, 2020
Second in our Advent and Christmas sermon series "I Believe Even When ..."  This week we talk about how love is present, even when we are afraid, even when we don't feel it, and how love has the power to open us up to a new future.  December 6, 2020, at First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Rev. Dr. Sue Coller, preaching
18:06
December 8, 2020
A Critical Faith - I Believe in Hope, even when... - November 29, 2020
Part 1 of our Advent and Christmas Series, I believe even when ...   How do we keep hope alive when there seem so many reasons to give up?  Join us for this week's sermon by Rev. Dr. Sue Coller, at First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln
16:57
December 3, 2020
A Critical Faith - A Matthew 25 Church - November 22, 2020
A special treat today with a sermon by Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett, on a theme that is central to who we are at First Presbyterian Church - a Matthew 25 church, where we put our faith into action, not because we have to, but simply because we care.
20:06
November 30, 2020
A Critical Faith - What Do You Do with Grace? - November 15, 2020
The Parable of the Talents has been taken over by talk of money.  It's really about grace.  A sermon by Rev. Dr. Sue Coller
17:55
November 30, 2020
A Critical Faith - The Power of Our Stories - November 8, 2020
The Power of Our Stories - a sermon by Rev. Ray Meester
12:55
November 13, 2020
A Critical Faith - Do You Practice What You Preach? - November 1, 2020
It's a simple question - do you practice what you preach?  Don't worry about anyone else.  The question is for you. Join us as we explore this in this week's sermon by Rev. Dr. Sue Coller, from First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, Nebraska.
15:23
November 4, 2020
A Critical Faith - Pleasing God - October 25, 2020
Loving God and Loving each other - it's not always that easy!  And what does that say about how we make decisions about things that don't at first seem relevant to loving God or each other?  Guest preacher Rev. Landon Whitsitt explores this.  Rev. Whitsitt is a former vice moderator of the PCUSA, and the Synod Executive of the Synod of Mid America, in the PCUSA.
11:01
October 26, 2020
A Critical Faith - Church and State - October 18, 2020
As Christians, do we owe any obligations to the government?  If so, what?  And do we owe any obligations to God?  If so, what?  Today we tackle how our faith influences our relationship with civil authority, and the potential of civil authority to be a part of fulfilling God's will in the world.  A sermon by Rev. Dr. Sue Coller, from First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, Nebraska
16:35
October 20, 2020
A Critical Faith - Your Choice - October 11, 2020
Will we accept the invitation to live - now - in the kingdom of God?  It's easy to be discouraged by the messiness, and hate, and violence, and even apathy in this world, and yet we are invited by a loving God to practice love in this world, and in doing so, to bring the world just a little bit closer to heaven.  The choice is yours.  And mine.  We explore this in this issue of A Critical Faith - a sermon by Rev. Dr. Sue Coller, from First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, Nebraska
20:41
October 14, 2020
A Critical Faith - Confronting Our Unconscious Biases - October 4, 2020
What biases do you carry with you?  Which ones are you aware of?  Which ones are you unaware of?  Our unconscious biases shape us in ways we aren't even aware of, and can even get in the way of us developing in the way God desires for us.  A sermon on World Communion Sunday by Rev. Dr. Jane Holtzclaw, Parish Associate for Caring Ministries at First Presbyterian Church, Lincoln Nebraska
14:19
October 7, 2020
A Critical Faith - Is God With Us in the Wilderness? - September 27, 2020
We are each on a journey - sometimes it's great, sometimes it is so difficult we want to give up and turn back.  The question is - is God with us?  Does God see?  Does God care?  Join us a we explore Exodus 17 and find an answer to that question, and just how God is with us.  A sermon by Rev. Dr. Sue Coller at First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, Nebraska
18:11
September 30, 2020
A Critical Faith - What if I Don't Want to Love My Enemies - September 20, 2020
Sometimes we think we can't make a difference in this world.  We can.  It's not easy but we're needed now more than ever.   Jesus calls us to love our enemies.  So let's stop making excuses and just do it, as hard as it may be.  No one ever said following Jesus would be easy.  But it is life-changing - and it can save the world.  Rev. Dr. Sue Coller, preaching
18:02
September 25, 2020
A Critical Faith - How to Live in Exile - September 13, 2020
Sometimes there’s not much different between living in exile and living in a pandemic. But it’s not all bad news – there is hope and there is strength to be found, even in strange times.  Join us for a word of hope.   A Sermon for those wondering when life will get back to normal.  By Rev. Dr. Sue Coller, First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, Nebraska.
18:56
September 16, 2020
A Critical Faith - Living Authentically in a Selfie World - Sept. 6, 2020
Remember who you are - but in order to remember,  you have to know.  Someone needs to tell you, you need to discover, who you are.  And then celebrate that - don't hide it, don't lie about it, claim it!  For you are an awesome, wonderful, messy, child of God!  Faith Family Values series.
16:42
September 7, 2020
A Critical Faith - Community: The Art of Neighboring - August 30, 2020
The 9th in our series of Faith Family Values is all about community and what it means to "neighbor" others.  Guest Pastor Rev. Bill Thornton speaks to the importance of "neighboring" in today's world, and how love for God includes love for others.
17:25
August 31, 2020
A Critical Faith - Practicing Forgiveness - August 23, 2020
Forgiveness - one of the hardest things to practice - both toward ourselves and others.  Forgiveness really is at the heart of our faith.  Hear guest Rev. Stephen Earl talk about this in the 8th in our Living. Learning. Teaching. Faith Family Values series at First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, Nebraska.
17:56
August 25, 2020
A Critical Faith - Equality: It Starts on the Playground - August 16, 2020
Equality is about more than equal rights.  It is a core, fundamental value of our faith.  7th in our Living. Learning. Teaching. Faith Family Values Series.  Sermon by Rev. Dr. Sue Coller
16:56
August 18, 2020
A Critical Faith - Justice & Jubilee - August 9, 2020
How might embracing a holistic value of justice shape our lives?  How does a value of justice based on God's distributive justice relate to the cries for justice we're hearing in society?  6th in our Living. Learning. Teaching. A Series on Faith Family Values, from First Presbyterian Church.  Rev. Dr. Sue Coller, preaching
17:56
August 10, 2020
A Critical Faith - Joy: A Down Payment on the Future - August 2, 2020
Joy is so much more than a feeling or a moment.  It is a down payment on the future - it is when the fabric of time has been pulled back so that a moment, an experience, of the joy that awaits us at the end can find us in the present.  Join us as we explore the faith value of Joy.  5th in our "Learning.  Living.  Teaching.  Faith Family Values" series, by Rev. Dr. Sue Coller
12:18
August 3, 2020
A Critical Faith - NonViolence: Standing in the Void between Chaos and Grace - July 26, 2020
How could we not speak of the value of nonviolence this week, after remembering the life of civil rights leader John Lewis?  How do we live non-violently in a world that glorifies violence and that thinks threats of violence are an acceptable way to work for peace?  How do we teach our children a better way?  Erin Wathen talks about non-violence as standing in the void between chaos and grace.  4th in our "Learning.  Living.  Teaching.  Faith Family Values" series, by Rev. Dr. Sue Coller
16:43
July 27, 2020
A Critical Faith - Sabbath: McDonald's Got It Right! - July 19, 2020
Do you need a break?  Are the demands on you so overwhelming that you don't know what to do next?  There's actually a Biblical cure for that - it's called "Sabbath."  And it may not be exactly what you think it is.  Episode 3 in:  Learning. Living. Teaching.  A Series on Faith Values for Families
14:43
July 21, 2020
A Critical Faith - The Liturgy of Enough - July 12, 2020
We say we worship a God of abundant generosity.  Yet we employ the language of scarcity in so much of our lives.  What do we really believe?  And are we living in a way that reflects that belief.  Join us for a worship service focused on our relationship with a God who came so that we might have abundant life.  Episode 2 in:  Learning. Living. Teaching.  A Series on Faith Values for Families
18:10
July 14, 2020
A Critical Faith - What's Love Got to Do With it? - July 5, 2020
We dive into a new series called Learning - Living - Teaching:  Faith Values for Families.  In this podcast we explore the value of love, what it looks like in a life of faith, and how we teach it to our children and everyone else who watches how we live.  A Sermon by Rev. Dr. Sue Coller, at First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, Nebraska.
16:50
July 6, 2020
A Critical Faith - A Cup of Cold Water - June 28, 2020
Join us as we look at how our own lives and personal relationship with God affect our dealing with stress as well as how we engage in the dynamics of issues and people's needs during this time.  A sermon by Rev. Dr. Jane Holtzclaw, Parish Associate for Caring Ministries, at First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, Nebraska.
16:22
July 1, 2020
A Critical Faith - Building Bridges - June 21, 2020
It can be difficult to reconcile with someone we have a broken relationship with.  Yet reconciliation is at the heart of our faith.  So what do we do with the fact that God in Christ has reconciled us to God?  What does that mean for our relationships with others in the world - and in our circle of family and friends?  Join us as we explore the challenges of reconciling with others - and why it is so hard.   A sermon by Rev. Dr. Sue Coller at First Presbyterian Church  in Lincoln, Nebraska.
17:49
June 22, 2020
A Critical Faith - Making a Difference - June 14, 2020
Christ calls us for a purpose greater than ourselves - to show people by word and deed the life God intends for us all.  How do we do that?  How do we make a difference in people's lives?  Join us as we explore this in today's sermon.
15:19
June 15, 2020
A Critical Faith - Living Together in an Imperfect World - June 7, 2020
If we want the world to change - WE need to change How can we more intentionally live with others in ways that lift up the humanity AND image of God in others? How do we choose peace - an active peace that promotes wholeness and harmony, and not just the absence of fighting? We believe God is with us in these efforts - so we have hope, and we have power to make a difference!  A Critical Faith Sermon by Rev. Dr. Sue Coller
13:49
June 8, 2020
A Critical Faith - Tired? Come and Be Filled - May 31, 2020
Many are overwhelmed by the changes we've had to navigate in a short period of time. Many of us are feeling tired and empty. Many are grieving losses of all kinds. Jesus promises us the gift of the Spirit - the gift of Pentecost. Did you that Spirit is a gift of life-giving water? Any who are thirsty, come and drink!  A Critical Faith Sermon by Rev. Dr. Sue Coller
13:25
June 1, 2020
A Critical Faith - What Kind of a World Do You Want to Live In? - May 24, 2020
What kind of a world you want to live in?  What kind of a witness are we giving our youth?  Anyone who is searching for a better world?  Join us as we explore the Heart of the Matter - God's love shows us what is possible when we live out of the center of God's heart of love.  A sermon by Rev. Dr. Sue Coller, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Lincoln, Nebraska.
17:50
May 25, 2020
A Critical Faith - Bound By the Spirit - May 17, 2020
"Bound by the Spirit" - Exploring the Heart of the Matter - God's love that binds us together through the Spirit.  And a reminder in these times, that we don't need a building to be a church.  A sermon by Dr. Kris Brammer, Director of Christian Education, First Presbyterian Church, Lincoln, Nebraska.
08:08
May 18, 2020
A Critial Faith: You Don't Have to be Perfect - March 22, 2020
Are we called to be imitators, or reflectors of Christ?  Are we counterfeitors, or are we the real thing?  A sermon on Philippians 2:5-8, reminding us that we are not called to be perfect, but we are called to be genuine.  By Pastor Sue Coller, March 22, 2020
12:60
May 11, 2020
A Critical Faith - Run to the Rock - May 10, 2020
Who do we turn to in difficult times?  On what do we base our life?  Join us for the continuing series - "The Heart of the Matter" with Rev. Dr. Sue Coller from First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, Nebraska
17:31
May 11, 2020
A Critical Faith - Do We Really Want to Go Back to Normal? - May 2, 2020
The second in 'The Heart of the Matter" series in which we explore in concrete ways what it means to belong to a God who loves us more than there are words to say, and what it means to live as the people of God out in the world and in relation to others.  This particular sermon challenges us to strive for a way of life that enables everyone to have all that they need.  
23:35
May 3, 2020
A Critical Faith - The Heart of the Matter #1 & Interview with Bill Michener, The Lighthouse Executive Director - April 26, 2020
The Heart of our faith is God's love.   The Heart of our discipleship is how we live out that love in our daily lives.   Today's sermon, the first in this series, explores the role of love in tearing down pyramids.  Also in this episode we are interviewing Bill Michener, the Executive Director of the Lighthouse, a service for youth in Lincoln, Nebraska.
24:45
April 26, 2020
A Critical Faith - I am About to Do a New Thing - April 19, 2020
On this Sunday after Easter, the Rev. Dr. Jane Holtzclaw, explore this new thing that God is doing.  Jane is the Parish Associate for Caring Ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Lincoln, Nebraska.
22:23
April 19, 2020
A Critical Faith - A Light in the Darkness - Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020
Easter is often portrayed as the event that changed the world.  And it did - and it didn't.  We do not wake up on Easter to the perfect world - not now - not that first Easter.  Easter does shine a blazing light into the darkness.  Join us as we hear this good news!
19:18
April 12, 2020
A Critical Faith - Palm Sunday Passion - April 5, 2020
Join us for a dramatic reading of the Passion Story, as we prepare for Holy Week and Jesus' death on a cross.
18:33
April 5, 2020
A Critical Faith: Is It Time to Ditch the Building? - March 29, 2020
This sermon was preached when we were unable to worship in person, due to the coronavirus pandemic.  As we learned how to be a church without a building, it raised the question - what if we never got the building back?  Preached by Rev. Dr. Sue Coller
21:15
March 29, 2020
A Critical Faith: Do You Really Understand Who Jesus Is? - March 16, 2020
"Who is Jesus?" is one of the most important questions of faith.   Even Jesus' disciples stumbled over that question, and repeatedly we hear Jesus say to them, "You just don't get it!"  We explore in this sermon how Jesus didn't embrace the pyramid structure of the society of his day, and instead set table where there was a place for everyone. This sermon was preached Sunday, March 15, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church, Lincoln Nebraska. www.FPCLincoln.org
21:24
March 17, 2020