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In gratitude to Andrew and Jill Kuebrich

“Remembering that we are Dust” Psalm 103:1-14 Rev. Dr. Teri McDowell Ott Ash Wednesday, March 5th, 2014—MC Two years ago we received the tragic news that a young alum, Andrew Kuebrich, had been killed in an accident while bicycling the … Continue reading

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Do Not Be Your Fear–A Christmas Message

“Do Not Be Your Fear” Luke 2: 1-20 Rev. Dr. Teri McDowell Ott December 10th, 2013 – Monmouth College Christmas Convocation I’m going to begin today with things I am afraid of.  It’s sort of a random list, but here … Continue reading

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For our Golden Scots

I preached the following sermon for our Golden Scots, who were on campus celebrating their 45th, 50th, 55th, and 60th class reunions this past week.  I thoroughly enjoy spending time with our “golden” alumni.  They are always full of joy … Continue reading

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A Christmas Message

“To You is Born a Savior” Luke 2: 1-20 Rev. Dr. Teri McDowell Ott December 4th, 2012 – MC Christmas Convocation  One of the most often quoted movies in the Ott household is Will Ferrill’s classic comedy Talladega Nights.  I … Continue reading

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The Faith of Job

 “The Faith of Job” Job 23: 1-9, 16-17 Rev. Dr. Teri McDowell Ott October 14th, 2012 – Monmouth College Homecoming Sunday  In my preparation for today’s sermon I read a commentary that said, “Pastors who preach on Job 23 never … Continue reading

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One Wild and Precious Life

“One Wild and Precious Life” Ephesians 4: 1-16 Rev. Dr. Teri McDowell Ott September 3rd, 2012 – MC Chapel Service Kneeling prayer-like in a field, poet Mary Oliver contemplates a grasshopper who has flung itself out of the tall grass … Continue reading

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Reflections on Poverty: Post 2

This is the second in a series of reflections written by students who traveled with me to Louisville, KY over Spring Break to participate in a poverty immersion program.  In his reflection, Corbin Beastrom, ’14, thoughtfully integrates two Monmouth College … Continue reading

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Reflections on Poverty: Post 1

Over Spring Break I had the privilege of traveling with four students to Louisville, KY where we spent the week participating in a poverty immersion program.  During this week we got a tiny taste of the way Americans living on … Continue reading

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A Christmas Message

“The Light of the World” Isaiah 9:2-7, Luke 2: 1-20 Rev. Dr. Teri McDowell Ott Monmouth College Christmas Convocation 2011 On December 3, 1933, the year Hitler rose to power in Germany, Dietrich Bonhoeffer preached a sermon using the image … Continue reading

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Why is faith so difficult?

I am writing a sermon on Matthew 14: 22-33, the passage wherein Jesus invites Peter to get out of the boat and walk on the water with him…in the midst of a storm.  Peter has always seemed to me to … Continue reading

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