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Katerina Katsarka Whitley

Katerina

Katerina Whitley, a native of Thessaloniki, Greece is a long-term writer for these pages. She worked as diocesan editor in the Diocese of East Carolina and as the PR & Communication associate for the then Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief during Bishop Edmond Browning’s tenure. She is the author of seven books in circulation and an active public speaker and performer. She lives in Boone, N.C. where she teaches at Appalachian State University.

Sermons and Bible Studies

Bargaining with God, Proper 12 (C) – 2004

July 25, 2004

The Old Testament story of Abraham’s bargaining with God reminds us vividly that, early on, people of faith believed that the Creator is merciful and that God responds to the requests of people who are longing for mercy on behalf of others. Abraham is not asking God’s favor for himself; he wants to save the […]

Remember and Be Thankful, Thanksgiving Day (B) – 2003

November 27, 2003

Remember the long way the Lord has led you in the wilderness these forty years. . . . . . one does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will […]

What Does It Mean to Welcome…, Proper 20 (B) – 2003

September 21, 2003

What does it mean to welcome others in Jesus’ Name? Two powerful images confront the reader and student of today’s Gospel: one is our desire (unchanged through the ages) to be first and to be right; and the second is our reluctance to enter fully into the terror and sadness of the incarnation. The passages […]

This Is Not How You Learned Christ!, Proper 13 (B) – 2003

August 03, 2003

This is not how you learned Christ! We are never satisfied. This is what the Exodus stories reveal over and over again. We are never satisfied. What is it that we want? We long to return from exile, but then we wish we had stayed in Egypt, “when we sat by the fleshpots and ate […]

God’s Great Compassion, Proper 13 (A) – 2002

August 04, 2002

It is very difficult to read the three appointed lessons for today without weeping. These must be the passages that have sustained communities in distress through the ages: these are the words that allow the great suffering peoples of Africa and the tiny Christian remnant in the Middle East to cling to hope in these […]

Finding Our Heart’s Treasure, Proper 12 (A) – 2002

July 28, 2002

What is your treasure? Where is your treasure? It would be a good thing to take an actual survey on these questions. We would continue by asking: “Is your treasure an accumulation of money? A beautiful house? An heirloom?” “Is your treasure a loved one, a spouse, a child, a grandchild?” “What is your treasure?” […]

Wheat and Weeds Growing Together, Proper 11 (A) – 2002

July 21, 2002

Although you are sovereign in strength you judge with mildness and with great forbearance you govern us; for you have power to act whenever you choose. Wisdom 12:18 We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now. And not only the creation but we ourselves who have the first fruits […]

Losing Life in Order to Find It, (Proper 8 (A) – 2002

June 30, 2002

The haughtiness of people shall be humbled, And the pride of everyone shall be brought low; And the Lord alone will be exalted on that day. — Isaiah 2:11 We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved […]

Believing and Doing the Will of the Father, Proper 4 (A) – 2002

June 02, 2002

The Old Testament lesson for today is an emphatic repetition of an earlier passage in Deuteronomy that is based on the Shema, the great trumpet call in Hebrew of, “Hear o Israel,” followed by the commandment to a belief in the One God. The words that must be obeyed are: “The Lord is our God, […]

For God’s People, God’s Holy Way Is a Choice, Advent 3 (A) – 2001

December 16, 2001

A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not travel on it, but it shall be for God’s people; no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray. (Isaiah 35:8-10) The earlier verses (5-6) of this beautiful chapter in Isaiah are much more familiar than the few lines […]

Go and Do Likewise, Proper 10 (C) – 2001

July 15, 2001

Americans who have not lived in another country for any length of time, do not realize that, in spite its faults, the United States is a nation that obeys laws. The ultimate example is the Civil Rights Law of 1964 that altered profoundly the way we treat each other. Where even the churches had failed […]

To Be Fit for the Kingdom, Proper 8 (C) – 2001

July 01, 2001

No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God. Are there many people today who understand “what putting a hand to the plow” means? Does someone operating a machine instead of a hand-held plow understand the meaning of these words? Perhaps. The key seems to […]

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