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Day1 is a ministry of the Alliance for Christian Media, offering insight and inspiration for the real world on the radio and online.




Rob Lee: Nevertheless, She Persisted

I am surrounded by strong and empowered women. My grandmother was president of the North Carolina Garden Club and has mingled with the likes of British royalty. My mom has her doctorate in nursing practice and my wife Stephanie is a force to be reckoned with in her own right. One of my closest friends is a woman named Palmer, who I'm certain be bishop as soon as she's out of seminary. All these women have shown me that while I may not always fully understand the persistence that women have...

Duration: 00:29:56

Monty Knight: The Sacred Sound of Silence

In the 19th Chapter of I Kings, the ancient Hebrew prophet, Elijah, is having a proverbial "nervous breakdown." He's depressed. So depressed, in fact, he wants to die. "It is enough," Elijah wails, "O Lord, now take away my life." (v.4) Perhaps you've heard this plaintive lament sung by the baritone soloist in the oratorio by Felix Mendelsohn, a marvelous musical composition that bears Elijah's name. In the previous chapter of this portion of Hebrew scripture, which is set in the 9th...

Duration: 00:28:27

David Beckmann: How God Can Use Us to End Hunger

In these two little parables from Matthew 13, Jesus says that the Kingdom of Heaven starts with little things - a dad helping his child learn how to write her name, someone really listening to her friend, a group of people getting together to solve a problem. God uses little things to do big things. Jesus talked about leaven: it takes half a teaspoon of yeast to make two big loaves of bread. And he said that our loving God uses our faith, even if it's just a little bit of faith - the size...

Duration: 00:39:42

Susannah Davis: To Weed or Not to Weed

To weed or not to weed, that is the question. I've never really been a weed puller. My mother is a weed puller by nature. She can't walk around the yard without bending down to pull a couple of weeds along the way. If you're sitting on the porch visiting with her, she has a hard time simply enjoying the moment, because she is looking around at all of the plants on the porch - she's looking at the ends of those little shoots to see if she can pick them off and make room for new growth. I...

Duration: 00:29:42

Kenyatta Gilbert: Pinocchio Prophecy

The story of Pinocchio is a fictional, allegorical tale about what it takes to become a real boy. In fulfilling the wish of his woodcarving father Gepetto, Pinocchio, the wooden marionette protagonist, is brought to life by a blue fairy, who appears waving her wand over the wooden puppet. She says, "Wake, Pinocchio! Skip and run! For your owner needs you!" Pinocchio blinks his eyes and raises his wooden arms, and says, "I can move! I'm a real boy!" But to this assertion the Blue Fairy...

Duration: 00:23:04

Robin Wilson: Rise Up

Besides a bunch of college history professors, who in recent memory talked about the American Revolution until the musical "Hamilton" hit Broadway? In this Tony-Award-winning hit, a gloriously diverse cast uses rap, hip hop, jazz, r&b, ballads, and more to share the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton with the 21st century. We learn of his tragic childhood, his gifts with the spoken and written word, his passion for justice and revolution, and his human frailties. We hear how he created...

Duration: 00:22:46

Robin Wilson: The Future Harvest

"I want my children to have an easier life than I've had. I want them to have every opportunity to seek education, adventure, and to see the world when they are young. But I really want them to come home and settle down near me eventually, get a secure and profitable job, have a nice normal family, if there is such a thing, and provide grandchildren whom I can entertain and spoil as I grow old next to them." These frightened words, from a parent whose child was feeling a calling to...

Duration: 00:20:47

Eric Barreto: In the Beginning and In the End

In the beginning, God created the world. In the beginning, God drew order out of chaos. In the beginning, God breathed life into every living creature. In the beginning, God crafted and made the world. In contrast, it seems like we as a people want to tell a very different story. It sometimes seems we are committed to leading the world back into chaos, that we would rather commit ourselves to recreating the world in our distorted image: an image punctuated by pollution and war and...

Duration: 00:27:17

Eric Barreto: Can't We All Just Get Along?

There's no better place to start a study of the Book of Acts than the account of Pentecost. Now, this is a moment we often identity as the birth of the church, that moment when God's blessings poured down upon us and the church tasted God's goodness. But what happened that momentous day, and what does it all mean for us today? The story of Pentecost makes us wonder about a different world. Wouldn't life be easier if we were all the same? If we all spoke the same language, wouldn't we avoid...

Duration: 00:25:33

Gordon Stewart: Memorial Day and the Soldier's Helmet

'Memorial Day and the Soldier's Helmet' is one of the chapters from 'Be Still! Departure from Collective Madness,' by Gordon Stewart, p.10-12. Click here for more information about Be Still! Departure from Collective Madness See Gordon's blog at Views from the Edge.

Duration: 00:06:30

Carol Howard Merritt: "I Will Not Leave You Orphaned"

When my daughter was about five years old, we went browsing in a bookstore in D.C. when we realized that a writer named Daniel Handler was signing books. It took us a while to figure out that Daniel Handler was actually Lemony Snickets, a children's author known for his morbid humor. Lemony Snickets wrote A Series of Unfortunate Events, books about three siblings whose parents die. So, my daughter picked out a book and we stood in line. When I read the signature, Handler had inscribed in...

Duration: 00:24:15

Jessica Christy: "But They Covered Their Ears"

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It's such a joy and a privilege to be here with you on Day1 Radio because I'm a big fan of radio broadcasts myself. And one show that has particularly been enriching my life lately is National Public Radio's Indivisible. Indivisible a national call-in show that's trying to take stock of people's hopes and fears for this country in the first hundred days of the new presidential administration. One of the show's goals...

Duration: 00:23:27

Dock Hollingsworth: How Big Is the Church?

My wife, Melissa, and I met at the First Baptist Church of Doraville, Georgia -- a northern suburb of Atlanta. She had lived in the same house all of her life and had attended the same Baptist church. My family became involved there when I was a teenager. First Baptist is the church that taught me about Christian community. It was where I preached my first sermon and years later went forward to tell the church that I felt called to full-time Christian service. First Baptist was where I was...

Duration: 00:25:01

Sarah Condon: Our Low Meets His High

This Gospel lesson from St. Luke can feel like a failed trial run for Christian witness. The disciples encounter Undercover Jesus on the road to Emmaus. And when he asks them what they are discussing, they tell Jesus about himself. Only, it's not exactly the testimony our Risen Lord was hoping for. They tell him that Jesus was a mighty prophet who they expected to deliver Israel. But instead, he died. And now they are sad and disappointed. Essentially, these disciples are ignoring what...

Duration: 00:23:24

Everett Worthington: Just Forgiving

Would you join me in a prayer? Dear Lord, in life, all of us are dropped and damaged by others. Sometimes, we simply disappoint ourselves and others, make bad decisions, and are not the people that we hope we could be. We would be lost if you were not a loving, merciful, and forgiving God. You forgive and you help us forgive. We cannot do it alone. Be with us as we think about your Word, that we will not just hear it, but that it will change us. Amen. Our Scripture is 2 Samuel 4:4 and then...

Duration: 00:29:59

Sam Candler: The Tomb Is a Tunnel

Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia! Have any of you ever been in a tunnel? Last year, I was trekking through several tunnels. I was with a group of fifteen hearty souls on a spiritual pilgrimage to Israel and Jerusalem. A special feature of that pilgrimage was tunnels. We walked in a lot of tunnels, tunnels that had served as water supplies, escape routes, and attack routes -- but also tunnels that were modern archeological digs. We walked through walls of sheer...

Duration: 00:27:01

Delmer Chilton: Living at Cross Purposes

When I was a little kid, Cowboy Bob was my hero. He had a children's show on local TV. He wore a stereotypical Western shirt and white Stetson and sat behind a table where he taught us how to do easy card tricks and simple science projects in between episodes of old 1930s westerns starring people like Lash Larue and Hop-along Cassidy. One day at school, I heard great news. "Glad tidings of exceeding great joy," Cowboy Bob was coming to town! He was going to be in our town's annual...

Duration: 00:28:20

Liz Goodman: Full Circle

I received the gospel in a nutshell once, or what someone felt was the gospel. It was literally in a nutshell, though the shell was now emptied of its nut, was stuffed with a slip of paper with a verse from scripture on it. It had been a youth group activity with an aim for evangelism. The members of the group had been told to choose their favorite Bible verse, to write it on a slip of paper, and then to stuff it into an emptied nutshell. I imagine it was a painstaking process. But (I have...

Duration: 00:26:56

Scott Seeke: The Chosen One

Last year at my daughter's band concert a flute player got up to play a solo. This was a middle school band, you know, 7th and 8th graders. Now, my middle schooler, I mean, she's amazing. But the rest? Well, it's a middle school band, you know? So I didn't hope for too much. I mean, mostly, if I'm being honest, I just hoped to stay awake. Truth be told, I don't know much about classical music. Some of you might think that's weird for a Lutheran pastor, but it's true. The teacher said the...

Duration: 00:16:36

Brian Coulter: It Was About Noon

Our story today starts with the word "so." S-O, "so" -- two little letters, too significant to skip. "So" is a conjunction here and the function of this conjunction is to inform you that you are entering a story already underway. "So" in this case implies a causal relationship. It would be as if I said: "So, I went to the house on the hill" or "So, she finally made that trip to Bangladesh." It shows that something has already happened in the narrative which is now (at least in part)...

Duration: 00:29:30

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