Author Archives: Corey Sharpe

About Corey Sharpe

Where do we get our beliefs? Three theological perspectives have significantly shaped my Christian identity: Evangelicalism, the early Methodist tradition and liberation theology. From my coming to faith in a Baptist church and throughout my education in a Baptist school and college, I was nurtured by convictions that emphasized a spiritual rebirth, a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the centrality of the Bible. Even when I disagree with certain aspects of evangelicalism, it has deeply influenced my sense of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. My seminary studies spawned my interest in early Methodism, particularly its approach to spiritual formation. Its leaders were convinced that only a foundation of doctrine and discipline would lead to a meaningful transformation of the heart and mind. In other words, having the mind of Christ enables me to be more like Christ. Life in a suburban culture obscures the increasing gap between the poor and rich, as well as the Bible’s close identification with the poor. My doctoral work in socio-cultural context exposed me to liberation theology, which helps me see redemptive history as a history of oppressed groups, written from the perspective of the powerless, about a God who is actively involved with the poor in their struggles. I am now the pastor at Huntingtown United Methodist Church in Calvert County, Maryland. Together my wife and I are raising 4 young theologians.

Will God Protect Me From Temptation?

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41 The true nature of our faith doesn’t usually come to light until we are faced with our own … Continue reading

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Should Churches Be Large?

“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed…” Matthew 13:31 Christians admire mega churches and corporation-sized Christian non-profits. They have amazing capacity to take on large projects and to deliver the goods. Both have a large capacity for innovation … Continue reading

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How Can We Always Be Happy?

…even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy. 1 Peter 1:8 Sometimes we struggle to grasp the biblical view of joy because of the way it is … Continue reading

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Does God Ever Ignore Us?

How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever?  How long will you hide your face from me? (Psalm 13:1) Every Sunday in worship we pray for our homebound members, the sick and the hurting. During the week we ask God for … Continue reading

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Moses, the Burning Bush, and Choosing a Major

“Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” Exodus 4:10 The question of vocation seems to be a crisis at … Continue reading

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What Did Jesus Do on the First Holy Saturday?

“He descended into hell.” The Apostles’ Creed (359 A.D.) According to the Gospels, Jesus’ disciples mourned his death and hid in fear. According to Luke, the women prepared spices and ointments on Friday, rested on the Sabbath and went to … Continue reading

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Zacchaeus and The Disadvantages of Being Short

He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. Luke 19:3 As I prepare for this Sunday’s sermon about Zacchaeus, my mind keeps wandering. What was it like being short … Continue reading

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