Sermon for 6/5/16: Getting Ready to Vote

Acts 10:9-16 and Matthew 9:9-17

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).  The Matthew text was my addition.

I attribute my main idea in the this sermon to Arthur Brooks who gave a TED Talk on rethinking how conservatives and liberals work together.  He works for the conservative American Enterprise Institute. Wish I could claim these ideas myself for my sermon -- the idea of applying our family tendencies and needs to a broader spectrum are ALL his. I just put them into a Jesus context.  Totally worth listening to...Here is the link to his TED Talk as well as to the TED Radio Hour episode where I first heard his ideas.  His interview is the first segment. Please do not mistake this attribution of ideas as a political endorsement to a candidate or ideology.

Sermon for 5/15/16: Chasing the Spirit

Acts 2:1-21, Psalm 104:24-34, 35b, John 14:8-17

Suggested scripture readings usually are drawn from the alternative lectionary outlined in Brian McLaren's We Make the Road by Walking (reference and public library). However, with Pentecost Sunday here, we return for a day to the Revised Common Lectionary.

Many are convinced that the correct pronunciation [of Yahweh] is an attempt to replicate and imitate the very sound of inhalation and exhalation. The one thing we do every moment of our lives is therefore to speak the name of God. This makes it our first and our last word as we enter and leave the world.
— Richard Rohr in The Naked Now

Sermon Notes

Take a peek at The Naked Now by Richard Rohr (reference and public library) for some thought-provoking reflections, some of which appear in my sermon.