The Word from South Highland

The Word from South Highland

Weekly sermons preached in the historic sanctuary of South Highland Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama.


April 15, 2024 29 mins

April 14, 2024 - First in a series based on John Ortberg's If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat. Teaching from Matthew 14, Rev. Dr. Sam Henderson says that, If we're serious about growing in faith, the way God works is God continually invites us to step away from all that is most precious and in which we put the most trust in order to find our sufficiency in God alone.

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April 7, 2024 - In four sermons for Youth Sunday, South Highland high school seniors offer some very touching, heartfelt testimonies about how God has been present throughout their lives.

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April 2, 2024 24 mins

March 31, 2024 - If Jesus died to save us from our sins, why did he live? Teaching from John, Rev. Dr. Sam Henderson says that the risen Christ is an equal opportunity savior for all people everywhere.

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April 2, 2024 10 mins

March 29, 2024 - Throughout the Bible, the leaders of Israel - its "shepherds" - repeatedly failed to nurture their flock. Rev. Cort Gatliff, teaching from John, says that the cross of Good Friday is the symbol of Jesus' status as The Good Shepherd.

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April 2, 2024 7 mins

March 28, 2024 - On the night Jesus was betrayed, he washed the feet of his disciples. In a message for Maundy Thursday, Rev. Abby Gatliff says that real cleansing doesn't happen with water, but rather on the cross with blood shed for the forgiveness of sin.

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March 25, 2024 25 mins

March 24, 2024 - As Palm Sunday ushers in Holy Week, Rev. Cort Gatliff teaches from Mark 11 that, with His triumphal entrance into Jerusalem, Jesus  alone was infinitely high, yet chose to go infinitely low, entering as a king but prepared to carry the burden of the sins of the world.

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March 18, 2024 22 mins

March 17, 2024 - Roman crucifixion was a punishment designed to strip someone of their humanity. Jesus said that his crucifixion would not lead to shame, but instead to glory. Rev. Abby Gatliff teaches from John gospel that Jesus' cross was a cosmic battlefield where we will see more clearly than ever.

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March 11, 2024 21 mins

March 10, 2023 - John 3:16 has been called "the Gospel in a nutshell" because it tells us so many things. Rev. Dr. Larry Michael shares with us seven things about God that are revealed in this passage.

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March 3, 2024 - Jesus famously expressed his righteous anger in the temple by flipping over the tables of the money changers and those selling doves. Teaching from Luke, Rev. Dr. Sam Henderson asks us to consider not only what tables might need to be turned over in our own lives or in our own world view, but that following Jesus means we will sometimes, in faithfulness, turn over the familiar tables in our lives, in our churches, i...

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February 26, 2024 29 mins

February 25, 2024 - Mission isn't just about fixing problems, sending pastors to faraway places, or providing financial support. Teaching from the letter to the Hebrews, Rev. Dr. Tom Boone says mission is about transforming us from the inside out and the bottom up.

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February 19, 2024 28 mins

February 18, 2024 - Teaching from a powerful passage in Paul's first letter to the church in Thessalonica, Rev. Abby Gatliff shows us how much Paul has to say about encouraging one another, no matter the distance, no matter the circumstances that might separate us.

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February 11, 2024 23 mins

February 11, 2024 - On Transfiguration Sunday, Rev. Cort Gatliff teaches from Exodus and Mark, and reminds us that the reason we come to worship God is to have an encounter with the risen Lord, so we can see the glory of God and experience all of life in light of that reality.

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February 7, 2024 24 mins

February 4, 2024 - Teaching from Mark 1, The Rev. Dr. Sam Henderson reminds us that, no matter how many needs we ask God to address in our own lives and families, and no matter how many needs we ask God to address in our communities, God is always on a mission beyond.

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January 29, 2024 29 mins

January 28, 2024 - The New Testament is rich in stories of the miracles of Jesus, events written by people who witnessed them but which we take on faith. Rev. Dr. Sam Henderson, teaching from Mark, points out that the more people try to measure, quantify and prove the miracle, the more likely it is that we miss what God was really doing, and the power that was and can be at work.

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January 22, 2024 18 mins

January 21, 2024 - Periods of liminality - being between stages and on the verge of something new - can be challenging for a congregation. Teaching from Isaiah and Philippians, interim pastor The Rev. Dr. Sam Henderson says there's actually no better time to be the church.

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January 17, 2024 24 mins

January 14, 2024 - Peace among Christians is about more than an absence of turbulence. Teaching from Romans and Philippians, Rev. Abby Gatliff says we have a responsibility to build up our neighbors - even those with whom we may disagree.

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January 8, 2024 21 mins

January 7, 2024 - The new year brings us a renewed sense of hope and possibility — and, for some, a deep sense of uncertainty. Teaching from Psalm 33, Rev. Cort Gatliff reminds us that we can have confidence in God's word and works in this and all new years.

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January 3, 2024 22 mins

December 31, 2023 - At the end of 2023, people around the world are in tribulation. But in John’s Revelation, Jesus speaks to us for patient endurance, that we should worship and adore Him, and that he comforts and brings us peace. Rev. Dr. Larry Michael says that God is the victor, that will will win because He wins.

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December 28, 2023 20 mins

December 24, 2023 - In a message for Christmas Eve, Rev. Dr. Ed Hurley teaches from the beloved story of Joseph and Mary and Jesus in the manger, found in Luke 2.

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December 28, 2023 21 mins

December 24, 2023 - The dream persists of a coming peace when the lion and the lamb shall lie down together and shall dwell harmoniously. In a sermon for the fourth Sunday of Advent, Rev. Dr. Ed Hurley teaches from Isaiah and Matthew.

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