The Rev. Chris Tuttle, pastor and head of staff of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Durham, N.C., is the featured speaker Sept. 29 and Oct. 6 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally syndicated ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Day1.org.
Tuttle has served as Westminster’s pastor since 2008. He received his undergraduate education at Davidson College, Davidson, N.C., and earned M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga.
In his sermon for Sept. 29, “Blindness and a Vision of Community,” Tuttle explores Jesus’ parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31).
“This may not be, ultimately, a text about poverty, about our wealth, or about the proper allocation of resources,” he says. “This is a text about vision. This is a text in which Jesus calls us to confront the reality that every day we pass by people who are in desperate need — in obvious ways, and in far deeper less obvious ones — and we walk right by.”
Tuttle’s sermon for Oct. 6, based on Luke 17:5-10, is entitled “Lord Jesus, Give Us a Sticker!”
“If we were to realize the power of the smallest amount of mustard-seed-sized faith that we have been given, we would understand that Jesus the Christ is at work even now through us, changing things, all around us,” he says. “And our task is to get out of our own heads a bit, quit moaning about how hard life is, ask for our faith to be increased like those disciples did, and live — with the faith that we have been given.”
Each program includes interviews with Tuttle conducted by Wallace, who is executive producer.
“Day 1,” has been broadcast every week for 68 years, formerly as “The Protestant Hour.” Featuring outstanding preachers from the mainline denominations, “Day 1” is currently distributed to more than 200 radio stations across America and overseas. The program is produced by the Alliance for Christian Media, based in Atlanta.