Podcast – Pullen Memorial Baptist Church
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Sermons, Reflections and Meditations from the pulpit of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. We are a community of faith committed to: worshiping God; struggling with difficult questions of faith; building ecumenical and interfaith partnerships; responding to the world's cries for justice; and caring for one another. For 125 years Pullen has been a progressive community of faith in the Raleigh area. Our 700-member congregation is made up of people of all ages, diverse walks of life, sexual orientations, and religious backgrounds. If you are looking for a church community, we would love to have you visit if you are in the Raleigh area. Visit http://www.pullen.org to connect with us and learn more.
||CleanWhat Are You Holding Back?||Text: I Samuel 15:34 – 16:13 What are you holding back? For years, I held back. I held back my faith questions as a young child growing up in a Southern Baptist Church. I held back because I wanted to be a good Christian and good Christians don’t qu||6/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJesus and the Meaning of Family||Text: Mark 3:20-35 Finally, I have figured out the one thing I have in common with Jesus. I get called crazy at least once a day by someone. Okay, maybe that’s an overstatement but it does happen often. Karla will often say to one of my outrageous ide||6/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGod’s Chosen Misfits||Text: Isaiah 6:1-8 I imagine we have all heard it once or twice. You don’t have what it takes. You lack the experience we are looking for. You haven’t published enough. You just don’t have the charisma or the academic training or the skill we need||5/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThin Places||Text: John 17:6-19 We do not live in a moral nation. This is a jarring statement and one that may seem hyperbolic. We are immersed through the media and our telling of our history, and our holidays in the narrative propaganda of a moral America. And yet||5/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFaithful Presence & Great Love||Text: Psalm 23 Seventy-nine years ago today, on April 22, 1939, a young couple stood before their pastor in the sanctuary of Citadel Square Baptist Church in Charleston, SC to pledge their love for one another in marriage. The only other people present||4/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRecognizing Resurrection||Text: Luke 24:36-48 Lillian Lee was my paternal grandfather’s first cousin. I have spoken of her before in sermons along with her parents, Aunt Vessie and Uncle Grover. Maybe you remember me talking about Aunt Vessie and Uncle Grover and their passion||4/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Next to the Last Frontier of Religion: Delight||Selections from Psalm 37 & Psalm 30:5 The sermon I will preach today is not the sermon I had planned on preaching. The scripture text in the worship guide was my original text as well as the sermon title. But my original text and sermon didn’t seem to||4/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEaster: A Movement, Not A Moment||Text: John 20:1-18 Earlier this week, I mentioned to Nora, my daughter, that I needed to go home to work on my Easter sermon. In true Nora fashion, she replied, “What can you say about Easter that hasn’t already been said?” And with that one quest||4/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTattoos, Impressions, and Encryption||Text: Jeremiah 31:31-34 There were many social norms in our household that were taught by example. “Please” and “thank you” operated as both niceties and roots of proper sentences; “Yes ma’am” was used so frequently that as a small child I||3/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Wrinkle in Time||Text: Numbers 21:4-9, John 3:14-21 It’s not true. God didn’t send snakes to bite the Israelites as they wandered about in the wilderness complaining about the dry bread they had been asked to eat going on nearly forty years. Furthermore, a bronze sn||3/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLost in Translation||Text: Mark 8:31-38 My first instinct in reading Mark 8 is to regress to my Southern Baptist upbringing. “Deny themselves” sounds a lot like hate yourself for being a sinner. It activates old guilt and shame. But it is also easily recognized. Yes, I||2/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTies that Bind||Text: 1 Corinthians 12: 4-11, 27 There is a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what things you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard for others to see. While you||2/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLoophole Religion||Text: Mark 7:1-23 It was my plan this morning to talk with you about loophole religion. I figured it was a topic all of us could relate to—from the youngest to the oldest—for no matter what age, none of us like to be told no. We have become used to||2/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThings That Make for Peace||Text: Luke 19:41-42 “As he came near and saw the city, Jesus wept over it, saying, ‘If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.” And here we are in 2018, in the midst of||2/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWonder-Working Power||Text: Mark 1:21-28 At times like this I wish I had Nancy’s voice – but I don’t, so I’ll spare you. Hear these words and provide the tune in your head if you know it: “There is power, power, wonder-working power in the blood of the Lamb. There||1/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Does it Take to Change God’s Mind||Text: Jonah 3:1-5, 10 When was the last time you changed your mind about something? And what was the impetus? I’m not asking about the last time you changed your mind about what you would have for dinner. Or the color you would paint your living room.||1/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCan Anything Good Come Out of Pullen?||Text: John 1:43-51 Worship, at its best, is a beautiful expression of our deepest longings to connect to God, to the Sacred and that which is Holy. In worship we lift our voices and our souls to offer our praise, our laments, our longings, our confessio||1/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Struggle is Real||Text: Matthew 2:1-12 “Behind every villain is a truth, whether it be perceived or actual.” -Dalton Frey, The Darkest Light To have a hero, every good story needs a villain. “And in the archives of literary history, there have been some downright s||1/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSimeon and Anna: God-Receivers||Text: Luke 2:22-40 Receiving is not easy for me. By nature and profession, I am a giver. Giving is what I do best—whether it is giving of myself to another or to a cause; or giving comfort or my time or my resources to people in need; or just giving s||12/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Meditation on Joy||Text: John 1 To Mary’s voice, and that of the angels and the shepherds, we hear the Christmas story through John’s voice. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things ca||12/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPeace: A Counter-narrative||Text: Isaiah 40:1-11 & Mark 1:1-8 Thursday night, I sat in the home of Layla and Farris Barakat with twenty-five Muslims and two other non-Muslims. Layla and Farris are the mother and brother of Deah Barakat, the UNC-Chapel Hill dental school student||12/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFig Preserves, Blueberry Muffins, and Hope||Text: Mark 13:24-37 Once every eight weeks, I would make the early morning drive up US-1, turn right on Hwy 98 and head toward the town of Wake Forest. At Southeastern Seminary, I would follow 98 to the right, circle around the campus, take the first ri||12/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Call to Loving Presence||Katey Zeh, author and activist for women’s reproductive rights, as well as a member of Pullen, stood in the pulpit this week. We thank her for daily work as well as her interpretation she brought to the pulpit. Text: Matthew 25:31-46 Growing on up o||11/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTaking Faith Seriously: Perspectives from an Imam and a Christian Pastor||*Due to the nature of this message, we are only publishing the audio. Texts: The Hebrew Scriptures – Psalm 123 The Qur’an Imam Abdullah Antepli and Pastor Nancy E. Petty||11/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA God of Choices||Text: Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 Amos 5:18-24 My grandmother had a ritual after eating dinner. After dinner she would sit back in her kitchen chair and say with a sneaky grin on her face: “Now I need me a little taste of something sweet.” Karla and I hav||11/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
PULLEN Pastor Petty tells it straight!
The good news is inclusivity, all are welcome! The Pullen family joins to "do justice, love kindness and with humbly with God".
Pulling out the transformative love of the Bible
Pastor Nancy Petty's sermons offer interpretations of sacred stories that our community needs, and our world craves. She and the entire Pullen Memorial Baptist Church center their community around transformative love. Period. So if you're looking for an social justice oriented, inclusive, LGBTQ affirming church, you've found the genuine article.