Wednesday, February 10, 2016

My Sunday Sermons are On-line

Sunday Sermons are On-line
You can click here to listen to my sermon from Sunday, December 20: "Faith Equals Action"

If you missed it, here's what it's about:

Mary's song of praise, which tradition titles The Magnificat, is not just a prayer praising God. In addition to its praise, it offers a worldview where God's justice reigns, a worldview which calls all humanity to act and become an instrument of God. Often when tragedies or acts of violence occur, people offer "thoughts and prayers" to those impacted by such troubling events, but prayers are meant to more than warm wishes. Prayers are meant to motivate the one praying to create a better world.

You can click here to listen to my sermon from Sunday,December 27:
"The World Inside You"

If you missed it, here's what it's about:  

Each one of us has a world that lives inside of us, according to Frederick Buechner, a world of experience, memories, thoughts, worldviews given to us by our families. Some of that world is unhealthy-for some of us the world inside of us was shaped by abuse, and some of it is healthy. Whatever blessings or cursings one's family gifts one with, much of our life's journey is determined by how and to what extent we differentiate ourselves from our family. We can best appreciate the gifts of our families and set aside the things from our families we need to let go of in order to be healthy, by finding our identity as a child of our heavenly parent.

You can  click here to listen to my sermon from Sunday,January 3: "The Dark Side"

If you missed it, here's what it's about:  

Epiphany Sunday celebrates the arrival of the Magi to the child Jesus in Bethlehem. Yet, this story has a dark side, because of the Magi's stop to ask directions of King Herod the Great, all the children of Bethlehem are massacred. Today, we may not be as bad as Herod, but each of us has a dark side. Even when we do our best, we are complicit with the systematic sins of racism, inequality of wealth, and violence. These corporate and systemic sins kill children just as did Herod's soldiers. Epiphany offers us the opportunity to expose the dark sides inside of us.

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