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Sermon: What Are You Chasing? // Week 3
This week we're looking at Chapter 17 of 1 Samuel and the famous battle between David and Goliath. What can we learn from this story centuries later?
22:36
June 20, 2021
An Unlikely King
This week, Matt and Phil are talking about the anointing of David, his battle with Goliath, and what can happen when God shows up. Start the conversation here, then tune back in on Sunday for the sermon!
18:41
June 16, 2021
Sermon: What Are You Chasing? // Week 2
Everyone loves a Cinderella story. This week we're talking about David's ascent to the throne.
19:20
June 13, 2021
Ashes, Ashes, We Saul Fall Down
This week, Matt and Phil are talking about the fall of Saul, the rise of David, and grocery store etiquette. Start the conversation here, then tune back in on Sunday for the sermon!
21:06
June 9, 2021
Sermon: What Are You Chasing? // Week 1
This week we're starting our new series, "What Are You Chasing? Lessons from the life of David." Are you a giver, a matcher, or a taker?
17:52
June 6, 2021
What Are You Chasing?
This week Matt and Calissa are talking about our brand new series, "What Are You Chasing?: Lessons from the life of David." Start the conversation here, then tune back in on Sunday for the sermon!
23:44
June 2, 2021
Sermon: Next Gen // Week 5
This week, Rev. David Melton is sharing the importance of passing the baton from one generation to the next.
12:49
May 30, 2021
Sermon: Next Gen // Week 4
It's Confirmation Sunday! Phil has a message for our Confirmands (and the rest of us) about what it means to be a member of the church.
16:05
May 26, 2021
Sermon: Next Gen // Week 3
This week Rev. Matt is talking about the ascension and how we as Christians tend to keep looking to the sky for Jesus to do something "cool" even though he has called us to be his representatives here and now.
22:28
May 16, 2021
Our Youth Team
This week Matt is talking to our student ministries team: Jessica, Brooke, Jonathan, and Asti! Start the conversation here, then tune back in on Sunday for the sermon!
22:32
May 12, 2021
Sermon: Next Gen // Week 2
This week we're talking about what it might look like for a church to take God's love to all of the children in their community.
24:33
May 9, 2021
Word to Your Mother!
Join Matt and Tambryn (Children's Minister) as they discuss the second Sunday of our new "Next Gen" series. This week is Mother's Day! Start the conversation here, then tune back in on Sunday for the sermon!
22:55
May 6, 2021
Sermon: Next Gen // Week 1
This week, we begin our new series "Next Gen" and talk about all the ways we see DUMC investing in our future generations.
20:08
May 6, 2021
Next Gen
After a brief hiatus from Wednesday episodes, we're back! This week Matt and Phil are discussing our upcoming series "Next Gen" and all the ways we see DUMC investing in our future generations. Start the conversation here, then tune back in on Sunday for the sermon!
16:58
April 29, 2021
Sermon: Wonder Vision // Week 4
Jesus sees beneath the surface of what's going on in our lives.
23:32
April 25, 2021
Sermon: Wonder Vision // Week 3
After Jesus' resurrection, the disciples were asking themselves "What now?" Two thousand years later we sometimes have the same question after Easter Sunday.
18:52
April 18, 2021
Sermon: Wonder Vision // Week 2
"What is grief, but love persevering?" Will we stay and be disciples or go forth--bringing forgiveness--as apostles?
24:27
April 11, 2021
Sermon: Wonder Vision // Week 1 (Easter)
Happy Easter from DUMC! He is risen!
21:00
April 8, 2021
An "Our Story" Update
During this Eastertide season--the 50 days after Easter--we'll be taking a short hiatus from Wednesday "Our Story" episodes. Tune in on Sundays for sermons and we'll be back soon!
01:19
April 7, 2021
Wonder Vision
Join Matt and Phil as they discuss the first Sunday of our new "Wonder Vision" Easter series. This week we're talking about Holy Week and the narrative we often miss in our rush toward Easter. Start the conversation here, then tune back in on Sunday for the sermon!
28:51
March 31, 2021
Sermon: Don't Waste the Wasteland // Week 6 (Palm Sunday)
This week we're celebrating Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem through Palm Sunday.
19:42
March 28, 2021
Sermon: Don't Waste the Wasteland // Week 5
This week we're talking about the story of Jesus' confrontation with the money changers in the temple and what we can learn from this interaction.
21:56
March 21, 2021
Anger in the Wasteland
Join Matt and Phil as they discuss the fifth Sunday of our "Don't Waste the Wasteland" Lent series. This week we're talking about the story of Jesus' confrontation with the money changers in the temple and what we can learn from this interaction. Start the conversation here, then tune back in on Sunday for the sermon!
16:06
March 17, 2021
Sermon: Don't Waste the Wasteland // Week 4
What does it look like to "take up our cross" and what can we learn from Jesus' rebuke of Peter in Mark 8?
19:57
March 14, 2021
Humility in the Wasteland
Join Matt and Phil as they discuss the fourth Sunday of our "Don't Waste the Wasteland" Lent series. What does it look like to "take up our cross" and what can we learn from Jesus' rebuke of Peter in Mark 8? Start the conversation here, then tune back in on Sunday for the sermon!
23:42
March 10, 2021
Sermon: Don't Waste the Wasteland // Week 3
What can we learn from Jesus' time in the wasteland and his response to the temptation he encountered there?
15:47
March 7, 2021
Temptation in the Wasteland
Join Matt and Phil as they discuss the third Sunday of our "Don't Waste the Wasteland" Lent series. What can we learn from Jesus' time in the wasteland and his response to the temptation he encountered there? Start the conversation here, then tune back in on Sunday for the sermon!
19:51
March 3, 2021
Sermon: Don't Waste the Wasteland // Week 2
It's the second Sunday of Lent! What is hope and where can it be found? What do we do with hope in the midst of the wasteland?
12:44
February 28, 2021
Hope in the Wasteland?
Join Matt, Phil, and Calissa as they discuss the second Sunday of our "Don't Waste the Wasteland" Lent series. What is hope and where can it be found? What do we do with hope in the midst of the wasteland? Start the conversation here, then tune back in on Sunday for the sermon!
23:02
February 24, 2021
Sermon: Don't Waste the Wasteland // Week 1
It's the first Sunday of Lent! As we embark on our journey, how might God be using the Wasteland to change us?
19:02
February 21, 2021
Don't Waste the Wasteland
Today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent! Join Matt and Phil as they discuss the first sermon of our new "Don't Waste the Wasteland" series. How are you planning to spend your time in the wilderness this Lent season? Start the conversation here, then tune back in on Sunday for the sermon!
23:41
February 17, 2021
Sermon: Break Through // Week 7
It's Transfiguration Sunday! What are we doing with our time at the bottom of the mountain?
19:46
February 14, 2021
Transfiguration
Join Matt and Phil as they discuss the seventh sermon of our "Break Through" series. This week we're talking about the transfiguration of Jesus. Start the conversation here, then tune back in on Sunday for the sermon!
21:28
February 10, 2021
Sermon: Break Through // Week 6
This week we're continuing our series-within-a-series about Jonah!
21:11
February 7, 2021
Running With Jonah (Part 3)
Join Matt, Kathy, and Phil as they discuss the sixth sermon of our "Break Through" series. This week we're continuing our discussion of the Jonah story. Start the conversation here, then tune back in on Sunday for the sermon!
24:55
February 3, 2021
Sermon: Break Through // Week 5
This week we're continuing our series-within-a-series about Jonah!
20:36
January 31, 2021
Running With Jonah (Part 2)
Join Matt and Phil as they discuss the fifth sermon of our "Break Through" series. This week we're continuing our discussion of the Jonah story. Start the conversation here, then tune back in on Sunday for the sermon!
20:39
January 27, 2021
Sermon: Break Through // Week 4
This week we're beginning a short series-within-a-series looking at Jonah!
28:21
January 24, 2021
Running With Jonah (Part 1)
Join Matt, Phil, and Calissa as they discuss prophecy and the fourth sermon of our "Break Through" series. This week and next we're talking about Jonah, his call from God, and his attempts to run from that call. Start the conversation here, then tune back in on Sunday for the sermon!
26:23
January 20, 2021
Sermon: Break Through // Week 3
This week we're talking about Samuel and his response to God's calling.
20:00
January 17, 2021
Sermon: Break Through // Week 2
This week we're talking about Jonah!
25:29
January 17, 2021
Break Through
WE'RE BACK!!! Join Matt and Phil as they discuss the third sermon of our "Break Through" series. This week we're talking about Samuel and his response to God's calling. Go read 1 Samuel 2 to get ready! Start the conversation here, then tune back in on Sunday for the sermon!
25:28
January 13, 2021
Sermon: Break Through // Week 1
What does it take start fresh? Sometimes we need a flash of inspiration, a new way of looking at things, or a change of heart to break through to the life God has created for us. Join DUMC in this new year for our worship series, "Break Through." Together, we'll explore stories of breakthrough moments throughout scripture and discover what happens when God’s people see the light and begin to live in new ways.
14:52
January 3, 2021
Sermon: In My Father's House
This week we're discussing a solitary look into Jesus' adolescent life. In this dramatic, Home Alone-esque, "where's the kid?" drama, what can we learn from Jesus' 3-day adventure away from his parents?
14:14
December 27, 2020
BONUS Sermon: Christmas Eve // Traditional
Dr. Phil Schroeder
17:29
December 24, 2020
BONUS Sermon: Christmas Eve // Contemporary
Rev. Matt Stone
11:15
December 24, 2020
In My Father's House
Join Matt and David as they discuss the final sermon of 2020! This week we're discussing a solitary look into Jesus' adolescent life. In this dramatic, Home Alone-esque, "where's the kid?" drama, what can we learn from Jesus' 3-day adventure away from his parents? Start the conversation here, then tune back in on Sunday for the sermon!
25:40
December 23, 2020
Sermon: It's STILL a Wonderful Life // Week 4
What is the greatest gift of Christmas?
18:27
December 20, 2020
The Other Mary
Join Matt and Phil as they discuss the fourth week of our "It's STILL a Wonderful Life" series"! This week we're looking at two different Marys...one from Nazareth, the other from Bedford Falls. What do these two Marys have in common? Start the conversation here, then tune back in on Sunday for the sermon!
23:04
December 17, 2020
Sermon: It's STILL a Wonderful Life // Week 3
What love requires of us is often very different from what the "law" requires. Joseph had a choice to make when confronted with Mary's pregnancy--he could obey the law or divorce her quietly. He chose option 3: Love.
24:49
December 13, 2020
The Matriarchs
Join Matt and Phil as they discuss the third week of our "It's STILL a Wonderful Life" series"! This week we're drawing some attention to the (Gentile) women leading up to the story of Jesus. God continually uses those on the margins to realize his plans and those whom we might not pick to be such a central part of Jesus' lineage. Start the conversation here, then tune back in on Sunday for the sermon!
18:55
December 9, 2020
Sermon: It's STILL a Wonderful Life // Week 2
On more than one occasion in the Bible, God gets someone's attention by striking them blind or mute. This week we're talking about Zechariah, who was muted by the angel Gabriel upon hearing that he and his wife would have a son (who turns out to be John the Baptist).
25:14
December 7, 2020
You Will Be Silent
Join Matt and Phil as they discuss the second week of our "It's STILL a Wonderful Life" series"! On more than one occasion in the Bible, God gets someone's attention by striking them blind or mute. This week we're talking about Zechariah, who was muted by the angel Gabriel upon hearing that he and his wife would have a son (who turns out to be John the Baptist). Start the conversation here, then tune back in on Sunday for the sermon!
16:11
December 3, 2020
Sermon: It's STILL a Wonderful Life // Week 1
The Christmas story plunges us headlong into an inner battle between worrying about the future or remembering that God has the final say.
17:14
November 29, 2020
It's STILL a Wonderful Life
Join Matt and Phil as they discuss the first Sunday in our new "It's STILL a Wonderful Life" series, starting this Sunday, November 29! Start the conversation here, then tune back in on Sunday for the sermon!
18:45
November 26, 2020
Sermon: All In // Week 4
How we treat the "least of these" really matters to Jesus. Are you a sheep or a goat?
21:35
November 22, 2020
Sermon: All In // Week 3
What should we do with that which God has entrusted us?
23:09
November 20, 2020
Use Your Talents
Join Matt, Phil, Calissa, and Michael & Jeannie Culver as they discuss the "All In" journey we've been on as a church. Also, this Sunday Phil will be discussing the parable of the talents. What should we do with that which God has entrusted us? Start the conversation here, then tune back in on Sunday for the sermon!
25:02
November 11, 2020
Sermon: All In // Week 2
Why do we so often give our leftovers to God? The world tries to part us from our money in a myriad of ways--oftentimes by getting us to invest in things that are temporary rather than eternal. What would our lives look like if we didn't fall into the trap, but trusted God with our first fruits.
23:50
November 8, 2020
Foodstock 2020
Join Matt, Phil, Chris Mixer (Director of Missions), and Sean Taylor (DUMC Foodstock Co-chair) as they discuss the upcoming Rise Against Hunger meal packaging event on November 14 & 15! Visit dunwoodyumc.org/foodstock to register and find out more info. Start the conversation here, then tune back in on Sunday for the sermon!
24:21
November 4, 2020
Sermon: All In // Week 1
In addition to being the first Sunday of our new "All In" series, today is All Saints Sunday. What does that mean? And what do we do with our grief?  "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."
17:22
November 1, 2020
All In
Join Matt, Phil, and Calissa as they discuss All Saints' Sunday and the first week of our new stewardship series, "All In." Start the conversation here, then tune back in on Sunday for the sermon!
22:40
October 28, 2020
Sermon: A Joyful Embrace // Week 4
Coach Bill Curry joins us for Laity Sunday!
20:35
October 25, 2020
Be Kind
Join Matt, Phil, and Kathy as they get us ready for Sunday! This coming Sunday, October 25, is Laity Sunday, and Coach Bill Curry will be speaking, so don't miss it! "Let your gentleness be known to everyone..." What would Paul have to say about such trying times? Start the conversation here, then tune back in on Sunday for the sermon!
26:49
October 21, 2020
Sermon: A Joyful Embrace // Week 3
Where you're from isn't nearly as important as who you follow.
15:21
October 19, 2020
Faith Like A Child
Join Matt, Phil, and Tambryn (DUMC's Children's Minister) as they discuss the third Sunday of our sermon series, "A Joyful Embrace." This week we're talking about a children's worship takeover! Our children will be participating in this Sunday's worship services in a very special way. Sometimes our adult mindset can get in the way of approaching our faith in a genuine way. What does it look like to approach God as a child? Start the conversation here, then tune back in on Sunday for the sermon!
28:13
October 14, 2020
Sermon: A Joyful Embrace // Week 2
We live in divided times...not just in the world or in politics, but also in the church. In this chapter Paul encourages the church at Philippi to imitate and put their focus on Christ--believing that through that common focus we can truly find unity. When the world looks from the outside in, will they recognize the main ingredient?
21:15
October 11, 2020
The Same Mind
Join Matt, Phil, Kathy, and Calissa as they discuss the second Sunday of our sermon series, "A Joyful Embrace." This week we're continuing our conversation of how to read the Bible and looking at Philippians Chapter 2!  As we've talked about in past episodes, we live in divided times...not just in the world or in politics, but also in the church. In this chapter Paul encourages the church at Philippi to imitate and put their focus on Christ--believing that through that common focus we can truly find unity. Start the conversation here, then tune back in on Sunday for the sermon!
38:41
October 7, 2020
Sermon: A Joyful Embrace // Week 1
Paul's letter to the Philippians reads like "a joyful embrace." How does it look for a community of faith to live in such a way toward one another? "When God gives you something good, you ought to share it!" Our physical distance from one another doesn't have to mean isolation from one another. Send a hug!
16:40
October 4, 2020
A Joyful Embrace
Join Matt, Phil, and Calissa as they discuss the first Sunday of our new sermon series, "A Joyful Embrace." How do you read the Bible? Have you ever even thought about it? Knowing how we tend to engage this ancient and sacred text will help as we seek to understand its place in our lives. As we begin our exploration of Paul's letter to the Philippians, maybe we can discover some joy and hope for ourselves in "such a time as this." Start the conversation here, then tune back in on Sunday for the sermon!
29:09
September 30, 2020
Sermon: Don't Let It Be // Week 4
"Life is very short, and there's no time for fussing and fighting, my friend." Christians have a pretty short list of things that define our belief: Father, Son, Holy Spirit...communion...forgiveness of sins...resurrection...you know the rest. So why do we figure out more and more ways to further divide ourselves? Can we peacefully exist under one banner? Or do we "run the risk of knowing that our love may soon be gone"?
30:21
September 29, 2020
We Can Work It Out
"Life is very short, and there's no time for fussing and fighting, my friend." Join Matt, Phil, Calissa, and special guest Mark Lamback as they discuss the fourth (and final) Sunday of our sermon series, "Don't Let It Be." Christians have a pretty short list of things that define our belief: Father, Son, Holy Spirit...communion...forgiveness of sins...resurrection...you know the rest. So why do we figure out more and more ways to further divide ourselves? Can we peacefully exist under one banner? Or do we "run the risk of knowing that our love may soon be gone"? Start the conversation here, then tune back in on Sunday for the sermon!
35:37
September 23, 2020
Sermon: Don't Let It Be // Week 3
According to our current (some would say "worldly") ideas of fairness, some of Jesus' parables just don't make sense to us. They might even make us uncomfortable! Can we let go of our ideas of fairness and embrace the realities of God's gift of grace? What if it means others don't get what we think they deserve? What if it means we don't get what we think we deserve?
23:23
September 21, 2020
What's In It For Me?
Join Rev. Matt Stone and Rev. David Melton as they discuss the third Sunday of our sermon series, "Don't Let It Be." According to our current (some would say "worldly") ideas of fairness, some of Jesus' parables just don't make sense to us. They might even make us uncomfortable! Can we let go of our ideas of fairness and embrace the realities of God's gift of grace? What if it means others don't get what we think they deserve? What if it means we don't get what we think we deserve? Start the conversation here, then tune back in on Sunday for the sermon!
27:47
September 16, 2020
Sermon: Don't Let It Be // Week 2
"Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." Easier said than done, right? God has already set the example of how we are to forgive, and Jesus makes it very clear--whether it's 77 times or 490 times--that we should forgive. But what does that look like?
24:06
September 14, 2020
How Many Times?!
Join Rev. Matt Stone, Dr. Phil Schroeder, and Rev. Kathy Brockman as they discuss the second Sunday of our sermon series, "Don't Let It Be." "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." Easier said than done, right? God has already set the example of how we are to forgive, and Jesus makes it very clear--whether it's 77 times or 490 times--that we should forgive. But what does that look like? Start the conversation here, then tune back in on Sunday for the sermon!
31:38
September 9, 2020
Sermon: Don't Let It Be // Week 1
Welcome to the first Sunday of our new sermon series, "Don't Let It Be." As Christians, we often assume we should avoid conflict and just "keep the peace." But that's not how Jesus told his followers to handle our relationships. What would happen if we didn't just "let things be"? How should the church look in polarized and contentious times?
14:01
September 6, 2020
Don't Let It Be
Join Rev. Matt Stone and Rev. Calissa Dauterman as they discuss the first Sunday of our new sermon series, "Don't Let It Be." As Christians, we often assume we should avoid conflict and just "keep the peace." But that's not how Jesus told his followers to handle our relationships. What would happen if we didn't just "let things be"? How should the church look in polarized and contentious times? Start the conversation with Matt and Calissa, then tune back in on Sunday for the sermon!
30:18
September 2, 2020
Sermon: Wrestling With A Text // Week 5
Much like the burning bush itself, the story of Moses' first encounter with "I Am" is more than initially meets the eye. Check out this packed episode full of unlikely parallels to the Jesus story (and, therefore, ours as well) and questions about what it means to stand on Holy ground.
22:40
August 31, 2020
Let The Text Win
Join Matt, Phil, and Calissa as they talk about the fifth and final Sunday of the "Wrestling With A Text" sermon series at Dunwoody UMC. Much like the burning bush itself, the story of Moses' first encounter with "I Am" is more than initially meets the eye. Check out this packed episode full of unlikely parallels to the Jesus story (and, therefore, ours as well) and questions about what it means to stand on Holy ground. Also, make sure to tune back in on Sunday for the final sermon in our series!
29:48
August 26, 2020
Sermon: Wrestling With A Text // Week 4
There's a new king in town, and he couldn't care less about Joseph, his people, or his legacy. Thanks to some brave Hebrew midwives, many children are spared from the Pharaoh's cruelty--one of them was Moses. Wrestle with us as we explore this rich story and explore what it means for us today!
22:38
August 24, 2020
What's In A Name?
Join Rev. Matt Stone and Dr. Phil Schroeder as they talk about the fourth Sunday of the "Wrestling With A Text" sermon series at Dunwoody UMC. There's a new king in town, and he couldn't care less about Joseph, his people, or his legacy. Thanks to some brave Hebrew midwives, many children are spared from the Pharaoh's cruelty--one of them was Moses. Wrestle with us as we explore this rich story and explore what it means for us today!
20:50
August 19, 2020
Sermon: Wrestling With A Text // Week 3
Joseph, having elevated himself to the position of right-hand-man to Pharaoh in Egypt, is reunited with his brothers in their time of need. Will he forgive and use his new position to bless those who wronged him so long ago, or will he repay jealousy with cruelty? Join us as we wrestle with these questions and others.
23:10
August 16, 2020
Role Reversal
Welcome to the Our Story podcast from Dunwoody United Methodist Church! Join Rev. Calissa Dauterman and Rev. Matt Stone as they talk about the third Sunday of the "Wrestling With A Text" sermon series at Dunwoody UMC. Joseph, having elevated himself to the position of right-hand-man to Pharaoh in Egypt, is reunited with his brothers in their time of need. Will he forgive and use his new position to bless those who wronged him so long ago, or will he repay jealousy with cruelty? Join us as we wrestle with these questions and others.
25:08
August 12, 2020
Sermon: Wrestling With A Text // Week 2
Joseph, like his father (Jacob), was a dreamer. As history has shown us, however, things don't always go smoothly for those who dream. Join us as we wrestle with a text about family, favor, betrayal, and blessing.
21:28
August 10, 2020
My Brother's Keeper
Welcome to the Our Story podcast from Dunwoody United Methodist Church! Join Rev. Matt Stone and Dr. Phil Schroeder as they talk about the second Sunday of the "Wrestling With A Text" sermon series at Dunwoody UMC. Joseph, like his father (Jacob), was a dreamer. As history has shown us, however, things don't always go smoothly for those who dream. Join us as we wrestle with a text about family, favor, betrayal, and blessing.
13:02
August 5, 2020
Sermon: Wrestling With A Text // Week 1
This week, Dr. Phil Schroeder invites us to wrestle with a text--it's even about wrestling! Oftentimes, the growth in our lives takes place during times of struggle...and that's ok.
18:08
August 2, 2020
Wrestling With A Text
Welcome to the Our Story podcast from Dunwoody United Methodist Church! Join Rev. Matt Stone and Dr. Phil Schroeder as they talk about the first Sunday of the upcoming sermon series at Dunwoody UMC called Wrestling With A Text. Scripture often presents us with uncomfortable opportunities to "wrestle" with these texts. Like Jacob, the subject of our first week, perhaps the blessing for us comes from the struggle itself?
18:18
July 29, 2020