Sermon for 7/24/16: Ask the Pastor -- The Glorified Body

Psalm 126, Revelation 1:9-19; 19:11-16; 21:1-8; 22:16-21, Matthew 28:16-20

Naked Ladies of Cambria, 2016

Naked Ladies of Cambria, 2016

Suggested scripture readings are drawn from the alternative lectionary outlined in Brian McLaren's We Make the Road by Walking (reference and public library).  The Matthew text is an addition.

In the sermon, I land on the idea of "change of position" as a bodily discipline of justice and healthy disruption to our spiritual and public lives.  While that's the point of the incarnation, that phrase is rooted in the work of Rev. William Barbour. The following video is his sermon at Wild Goose, 2014 where I first encountered him and his amazing liberation theology.  Please watch...totally life changing experience.  Nothing I say even approaches his power:

Sermon for 7/17/6: Ask the Pastor Series - Cremation vs. Burial

Philippians 1:20-30 and Luke 20:27-38

Mt. Diablo, 2007

Mt. Diablo, 2007

Sermon Notes

Suggested scripture readings are drawn from the alternative lectionary outlined in Brian McLaren's We Make the Road by Walking (reference and public library). 

Many of the thoughts I shared about Christian attitudes toward death and the saints follow from these two books: 1) Accompany Them with Singing by Thomas Long (public library and reference) who speaks with deep conviction about funerals and the history of bodies in our liturgical tradition and 2) The World According to God by Martha Ellen Stortz (public library and reference) who explores the spiritual practice of remembering the dead and how that shapes our ideas about community. While it may be true there is no solid biblical stance on how to bury the dead, our church does have a tradition around bodily burials.  Cremations are relatively recent.  As a leader, I do not encourage people one way or the other in their choice; I do however, strongly guide families towards keeping either caskets or urns present and centered in worship.  Click on the reference link to learn more.  And then there are several articles online much like this one: