Signs

May 11, 2017 @ 02:01 pm by Daniel Kessel

"I can feel mommy-ness in me, perhaps stronger than I ever have in my life. And this psalm makes me think of God-ness—there are signs of God everywhere."

In this episode of That'll Preach, Jacqui Lewis reflects on Psalm 31.1–5, 15–16. As we prepare for Mother's Day, Jacqui talks about seeing signs from her mother, just as she encourages us all to notice the signs from God around us.

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The Shepherd and the Gate

May 4, 2017 @ 03:18 pm by Daniel Kessel

"The image of the gate is symbolic for many immigrants that have to come the United States. Our journeys include not only migrating from country to country, but from spiritual world to spiritual world."

In this episode of That'll Preach, Chad Tanaka Pack reflects on John 10.1–10. As we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, how can we rethink the idea of Jesus as a "gate" through which our journeys are all connected?

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Two-Step with God

April 27, 2017 @ 04:31 pm by Daniel Kessel

Do justice. Love mercy. Walk humbly with your God.

In this episode of That'll Preach, Jacqui Lewis reflects on Micah 6.1–8. As we gear up for Revolutionary Love Conference Sunday at Middle Church, how can we more boldly embody the principles of justice, mercy, and humility?

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Be in the Light

April 18, 2017 @ 05:05 pm by Daniel Kessel

"Life keeps happening, even after death."

In this episode of That'll Preach, Jacqui Lewis reflects on the light and dark imagery in Ephesians 5.8–17. What does it mean to "be in the light"? What is it like, in Eastertide, to risk being ourselves?

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Mary Don't You Weep

April 11, 2017 @ 10:44 am by Daniel Kessel

"We are in the middle of Holy Week," Jacqui Lewis writes. "Easter is on Sunday. And in the Easter story, I see hope."

In this episode of That'll Preach, Jacqui Lewis reflects on John 20.1–18. She tells how even in the midst of deadness, of darkness, God can enliven things with new spirit. She reflects on her mom, and tells how even in the face of illness, her mother has located new hope and resilience. This is not an episode to be missed!

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Palms & Passion

April 4, 2017 @ 04:53 pm by Daniel Kessel


"Palm Sunday is a story about conflict, a conflict between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Rome; a conflict between peace and love and justice, and sword and violence and might."

In this episode of That'll Preach, Jacqui Lewis reflects on Matthew 21:1-11; 26:15-27; 66. As we think about this text in which love is in conflict, let's consider: Where are you finding the courage to resist? Where are you seeing signs in the universe of the resilience of the human spirit? And where do you see evidence that we can rise, as a people, as a culture, as Living Souls?

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Reconceived

March 20, 2017 @ 04:51 pm by Daniel Kessel

"We all belong to God just because God is love. Just because God is love."

In this episode of That'll Preach, Jacqui Lewis reflects on a text you probably know well: John 3:1–17. What does it mean to be “born again,” and how does this text invite us to reconceive old notions?

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Jesus Feminist

March 16, 2017 @ 11:32 am by Daniel Kessel


"Before we get to make the same amount of money as men, our God sees us as equal. I think that makes Jesus a bit of a feminist."

In this episode of That'll Preach, Jacqui Lewis reflects on Jesus’s encounter with the Samaritan woman (John 4.5–42). How can we read Jesus’s interactions with women as evidence that God sees us all as equal?

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The Lord Is My Shepherd

March 8, 2017 @ 09:27 am by Daniel Kessel

"A shepherd pays such attention to its sheep, and we serve a God who pays that kind of attention to us."

In this episode of That'll Preach Jacqui Lewis reflects on Psalm 23. What does the metaphor of God as a shepherd really mean? To hear more from this text join us this Sunday in the East Village or online at www.MiddleChurch.org every Sunday at 11:15 AM.

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It's Not Her Fault!

February 28, 2017 @ 03:08 pm by Daniel Kessel

Why do some people believe that the creation myth suggests that women are inferior to men? In this episode of That'll Preach Jacqui Lewis reflects on Genesis 2.15-17 and Genesis 3.1-7, asking us to rethink any place where a piece of scripture is associated with inequality, sexism, or racism. To hear more from this text join us this Sunday in the East Village or online at www.MiddleChurch.org every Sunday at 11:15 AM.

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Spirit Move

February 23, 2017 @ 04:14 pm by Jim Kast-Keat

“Do you ever wonder where God is? Do you find God elusive, mysterious, or hard to pin down?"

In this episode of That'll Preach Jacqui Lewis shares a reflection on Exodus 24:12-18, inviting us all to take a deep breath as we inhale the Spirit of God. To hear more from this text join us this Sunday in the East Village or online at www.MiddleChurch.org every Sunday at 11:15 AM.

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A Theology of Resistance

February 14, 2017 @ 10:11 pm by Jim Kast-Keat

"Jesus is raising the bar on what it means to be spiritual and lowering the bar on what it means to be a child of God."

In this episode of That'll Preach Jim Keat talks with Jacqui Lewis and Rob Stephens about the sermon they are co-preaching at Middle Church on Sunday, February 19, the third Sunday of Black History Month. Join us in the East Village or online at www.MiddleChurch.org every Sunday at 11:15 AM.

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Spirituality In Hot Mess Times

February 8, 2017 @ 04:53 pm by Jim Kast-Keat

“How are we going to sustain a movement for love and justice in hot mess times?"

In this episode of That'll Preach Jim Keat talks with Jacqui Lewis about the sermon she’s preaching at Middle Church on Sunday, February 12, the second Sunday of Black History Month. Join us in the East Village or online at www.MiddleChurch.org every Sunday at 11:15 AM.

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Shout Out Loud

January 31, 2017 @ 03:21 pm by Jim Kast-Keat

"Stories invite us to a different kind of empathy."

In this episode of That'll Preach Jacqui Lewis talks with Jim Kast-Keat about the sermon he’s preaching at Middle Church on Sunday, February 5, the first Sunday of Black History Month. Join us in the East Village or online at www.MiddleChurch.org every Sunday at 11:15 AM.

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The Answer That Changes the Question

January 26, 2017 @ 11:50 am by Jim Kast-Keat

“This is the answer that forces you to rethink one question and lean into a different kind of question."

In this episode of That'll Preach Jim Kast-Keat talks with Lynn Min about the sermon she’s preaching at Middle Church on Sunday, January 29 for our annual Lunar New Year worship celebration. Join us in the East Village or online at www.MiddleChurch.org every Sunday at 11:15 AM.

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The Long Road to Freedom

January 17, 2017 @ 05:01 pm by Jim Kast-Keat

“What one thing you want to see in this long march to justice?”

In this episode of That'll Preach Jim Kast-Keat talks with Jacqui Lewis about the sermon she’s preaching at Middle Church on Sunday, January 22, the first Sunday after the inauguration and the Women’s March on Washington. Join us in the East Village or online at www.MiddleChurch.org every Sunday at 11:15 AM.

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For more on the 1@1 campaign visit 1at1.org.
To find out about a march near you visit www.womensmarch.com/sisters.
“Rise” as performed by BETTY


Audacious Hope!

January 12, 2017 @ 12:35 pm by Jim Kast-Keat

“We’re swimming in thick waters right now. There’s just no way around that." 

In this episode of That'll Preach Jim Kast-Keat talks with Jacqui Lewis about the sermon she’s preaching at Middle Church on Sunday, January 15 for our annual MLK Sunday worship celebration and the upcoming Woman’s March on Washington. Join us in the East Village or online at www.MiddleChurch.org every Sunday at 11:15 AM.

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“40” as performed by U2: https://youtu.be/FRvvvJ6mdLQ
“Lift Every Voice and Sing” as performed by Committed: https://youtu.be/ngFDy52eCZY
1968 King Assassination Report from CBS News: https://youtu.be/cmOBbxgxKvo
“Surly God is Able” as performed by Aretha Franklin: https://youtu.be/xtENZEhHe4g


Do YOU Want a Revolution? [rebroadcast]

January 5, 2017 @ 11:42 am by Jim Kast-Keat

"All of life is rehearsing the world we dream about....We are the ones we've been waiting for.”

This week’s episode of That’ll Preach is a rebroadcast of the most popular episode from the first year of That’ll Preach. Revisit episode 12, Do YOU Want a Revolution?, in which Jacqui Lewis talks about the sermon she preached at the 2016 Revolutionary Love conference. 

And then be sure to register for the 2017 Revolutionary Love conference at Middle Church on April 28-30 and join the conversation with William Barber, Brian McLaren, Valarie Kaur, Miguel De La Torre, Traci Blackmon, and more as we all join the movement for Revolutionary Love in our nation and our world. 

And as always, you we hope you can join us this Sunday and every Sunday at Middle Church in the East Village or online at www.MiddleChurch.org. See you soon!

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Jacqui, Jim, Rob, Lynn, & Christina [rebroadcast]

December 28, 2016 @ 04:00 pm by Jim Kast-Keat

"Preaching is like jazz. It's tightrope walking without a net.”

"Words create worlds. A sermon comforts the disturbed and disturbs the comfortable.”

"We are talking about this crazy, ancient, art, practice of preaching. It’s a shapeshifting practice, a reflection of God’s love for God’s people."

"Stories have a way of speaking to the unconscious. The best sermons come from being who you are.”

"A sermon moves the human heart. It takes you to the heart of what matters in your life and in the world. A sermon is a space where your soul can be renewed."

This week’s episode of That’ll Preach is a rebroadcast of five episodes wrapped up into one mega episode. Take a look behind the sermon writing curtain as you listen in on these conversations with the preaching team at Middle Church. And be sure to join us at Middle Church in the East Village or online at www.MiddleChurch.org this Sunday and every Sunday at 11:15a EST.

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Five Preachers [rebroadcast]

December 20, 2016 @ 01:48 pm by Jim Kast-Keat

This week’s episode of That’ll Preach is a rebroadcast of the conversation between the entire preaching team at Middle Collegiate Church. Listen in as Jacqui Lewis, Jim Kast-Keat, Christina Fleming, Rob Stephens, and Lynn Min give you a glimpse behind the curtain of their sermon writing process. And be sure to join us at Middle Church in the East Village or online at www.MiddleChurch.org on Christmas Eve (7:00p, 9:00p, 11:00p) and Christmas Morning (11:15a).

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