Sermon for 2/5/17: Politics, Church, and the Pastor

Isaiah 58:1-9a, 1 Corinthians 2:1-12, and Matthew 5:13-20

 From my pilgrimage to Washington DC in 1998

From my pilgrimage to Washington DC in 1998

When we live according to our fears and our hates, our lives become small and defensive, lacking the deep, joyous generosity of God. If you find some part of your life where your daily round has grown thin and controlling and resentful, life with God is much, much larger, shattering our little categories of control, permitting us to say that God’s purposes led us well beyond ourselves to live and to forgive, to create life we would not have imagined.
— Waltar Brueggemann

This sermon is very specific to my little community.  It is not a theoretical treatise on church and politics, just some preaching trying to order what we are going through and laying the foundation for healthy relationships at church.  To that end, here are the two references I made to stories told by guests of Krista Tippett on onbeing.org.  She has done a tremendous amount of work to create safe spaces to talk about hard topics.  I love it, love it, love it.