Conflict Resolution in Three Easy Steps

September 6, 2020

Conflict Resolution in Three Easy Steps Rev. Robert P. Hoch, Ph.D. First & Franklin Presbyterian Church September 6, 2020 Baltimore MD 21201   Matthew 18:15-20 15“If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have…

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Standard Accounting Practices

August 30, 2020

Standard Accounting Practices Rev. Robert P. Hoch, Ph.D. August 30, 2020   First Reading Romans 12:9-12 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice…

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Wrestling with Jesus

August 2, 2020

Wresting Jesus (Steve Hollaway) Wrestling with Jesus Genesis 32:22-31 First & Franklin Presbyterian Church Jacob was about to meet his brother Esau. He hadn’t seen him in 20 years, and the truth was that Jacob had robbed Esau of what he deserved as older brother. Jacob didn’t know if his brother would kill him. He’d…

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How to Lose Without Losing Heart

July 5, 2020

How To Lose Without Losing Heart Robert P. Hoch July 5, 2020 First & Franklin Presbyterian Church Baltimore MD 21201   First Reading Romans 7:15-25a 15I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16Now if I do what I do not…

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Chain Reactions

June 28, 2020

Chain Reactions  Robert P. Hoch  First & Franklin Presbyterian Church Baltimore, MD 21201  June 28, 2020   Matthew 10:40-42 “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in…

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Lazarus is Walking: Resurrection Uprising in Baltimore

June 27, 2020

My contribution to the Epistles from Baltimore series for General Assembly was referenced in a motion that passed calling on the PCUSA to begin a process of repentance and study relative to white privilege and systemic racism. I submitted the piece, Lazarus is Walking: A Resurrection Uprising in Baltimore, to the Advisory Committee on Social…

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Song of the Sparrow | June 21, 2020

June 21, 2020

  Song of the Sparrow Robert P. Hoch June 21, 2020 First & Franklin Presbyterian Church Baltimore, MD 21201   Romans 6:1b-11 1bShould we continue in sin in order that grace may abound?2By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it?3Do you not know that all of us who…

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What the Trinity Tells Us about the Value of Humans

June 7, 2020

What the Trinity Tells Us about the Value of Humans Rev. Stephen Hollaway Trinity Sunday June 7, 2020             It is a fearful thing to be asked to preach in a crisis. You may well wonder if it is relevant to talk about the Trinity on a day like this. If I was in a…

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I Can’t Breathe — Come Holy Spirit!

May 31, 2020

I Can’t Breathe — Come Holy Spirit!  Phyllis Felton & Rob Hoch Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church and First & Franklin Presbyterian Church Phyllis speaks all bold font May 31, 2020   Acts 2:1-21 John 20:19-23             Maybe Zoom feels like it has helped us . . . or maybe it feels like a desperate measure…

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Curtain Twitching

May 24, 2020

Curtain-Twitching Robert P. Hoch May 24, 2020   John 17:1-11 One of the bonuses of being married to a Brit is that you learn folksy expressions that you would never know about otherwise. One of my favorites is “curtain-twitching.” You almost guess the meaning by how you might be caught by your neighbor, and they…

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I Will Not Leave You Orphans

May 17, 2020

I Will Not Leave You Orphans Robert Hoch May 17, 2020 John 14:15-21   Jesus says, Because I live, you also will live. This idea of the living Jesus is really important in John, perhaps more important to John than the other gospel writers. Raymond Brown points out that in Matthew, Mark, and Luke, you…

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Farewell Conversations

May 10, 2020

Farewell Conversations Robert Hoch May 10, 2020 John 14:1-1 It’s probably universal the way children interrogate their parents before they leave the house: We’re going out for a little while, say the parents. Where are you going? Can we come? Just out on a little errand, no, we won’t be gone long. Who is looking…

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