This Week's Sermon: When the Stars Begin to Fall

Daniel 7:9-28 and Luke 1:67-79

Suggested Scripture Readings from We Make the Road by Walking by Brian McLaren

Boston   1999

Boston   1999

Sermon Notes
Here's a link to a poem by Jane Kenyon.  I read her beautiful words to begin Advent worship.

I did a fair amount of research preparing for this sermon, mostly because talking about apocalyptic literature in the Bible is so complicated especially given recent world events in the Middle East and Europe. Click titles to links. Here's a good introduction to the Book of Daniel in the New American Bible from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Graham Beynon has some useful material as well in his article The Message of Daniel -- thoughtful reflection on the questions the biblical author pushes us toward like our relationships as people of faith and as Americans to foreign nations.  Although, I should say I do not fall into his camp dating the Book of Daniel to the 6th Century BCE.  I'm with the historical-critical school on this one.  And of course, can't leave out the Lutherans.  Although written in the 1990s, this article by Wendell W. Frerichs titled "How Many Weeks until the End?" has helpful language you will hear infusing the sermon.  He very helpfully says that the visibility of violent regimes signals their impending decay, a major talking point near the close of my sermon. Such a great thought for our times! 

Here's a link to the referenced David Brooks op-ed on resilience and storytelling:

I read a passage aloud on the difference between hoping and wishing from We Make the Road by Walking by Brian McLaren to close worship.  It's in Chapter 14.

This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of resources.  Hope some of it is helpful to you along the way.


This Week's Sermon: Strawberry Picking and Religious Violence

Deuteronomy 7:1-11, Psalm 149:1-9, and Matthew 15:21-29

These suggested Bible passages are taken from We Make the Road by Walkng by Brian McLaren as we follow his weekly cycle.  They are abbreviated from his original list.

Brooding over the Deep                                                Wild Goose Festival 2014

Brooding over the Deep                                                Wild Goose Festival 2014

Sermon Notes
      The following resources are just the beginning of the many amazing possibilities for studying the intersections between economics, power, and religion.  My sermon this week is just a small grazing on this vast, vast field.  I've listed some of my favorites.  Some I've investigated deeply; some less so.  I commend them to you for further study: 

1) Krista Tippett has conducted the following interviews and posted links on her website, OnBeing. org.  Click these links for more: Scott Atran on understanding the roots of terrorism, Jonathan Sacks on The Dignity of Difference, and Jon Paul Lederach on The Art of Peace.
2) Not in God's Name -- Film and more resources (Haven't watched it yet...)
3) For a bit of history, Luther the Reformer: The Story of the Man and his Career by James M. Kittleson