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November 2020

Thank God For Pilgrim~ I Corinthians 1:3-9

By |2020-12-06T10:40:04-07:00November 29th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley November 29, 2020 The opening words of Paul in his letter to the Corinthians show a deep affection for his congregation. In that tradition, Rev. Shockley wants to show why he is thankful for the members of Pilgrim. At our church, we do not wear our religion on our sleeve. [...]

March 2020

January 2018

Big Buttons and Little Boys ~ Job 24:9-14

By |2018-05-26T08:45:33-07:00January 14th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley January 14, 2018 at Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad CA Recent events and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday  have inspired today's sermon. Not only was Martin Luther King Jr. known for his work for civil rights, he was also known for his work for peace. He protested against the [...]

May 2017

Breaking The Silence on Sexual Violence

By |2017-06-03T21:17:30-07:00May 28th, 2017|sermons| Given By Rev. Madison Shockley May 28, 2017 Today's topic is sensitive.  The statistics are alarming. Today we are encouraged to break our silence. No longer should this topic be taboo to talk about. People need to know the facts. Speaking up helps save many others from going through such trauma.  There are enough [...]

What Do We Owe Each Other?

By |2017-05-27T19:58:46-07:00May 14th, 2017|sermons| Given By Rev. Madison Shockley May 14, 2017 Today's reading from Genesis tells the story of Cain and Abel. From this passage comes the phrase, "my brother's keeper." This phrase has shaped our culture. It touches on what it means to be in human community, to live together. Unfortunately, some have used this passage's [...]

April 2017

Celebrating Resistance

By |2017-04-28T00:44:12-07:00April 9th, 2017|sermons| Given By Rev. Madison Shockley April 9, 2017 Each of the four Gospels tells us something concerning Jesus's entrance into Jerusalem.  Matthew goes overboard with his description. He has Jesus riding both a donkey and a colt. Matthew lacks the understanding that in Hebrew poetry there is synonymous parallelism. They say one thing then [...]

March 2017

A Second Chance At Life

By |2017-04-09T10:48:44-07:00March 12th, 2017|sermons|

The Gospel of John is a different kind of gospel from the other three. Matthew, Mark and Luke are known as the synoptic gospels. John's gospel views the life of Jesus in a different light. The early church almost did not include it in the Canon. There is no infancy narrative...

A Walk om the ‘Wild(erness)’ Side

By |2017-04-09T10:46:34-07:00March 5th, 2017|sermons|

Matthew's story of Jesus in the wilderness is sandwiched between his baptism and the official start of his ministry in the Bible. It is similar to a coming-of-age story.  It humanizes Jesus and connects us to him. This story is a metaphor. This is a spiritual journey where Jesus searches for meaning and a purpose in life.

February 2017

A Matter of Life and Death

By |2017-04-09T10:23:03-07:00February 12th, 2017|sermons|

Our reading today is one of the most well known from the Hebrew text. It tells us of Moses' words to the people as they were about to enter the promised land. The myth says that God told his people to go into Canaan and take it for themselves. As history has shown, the people just moved into a country with other people still living there. There are still Canaanites still living in Israel today. They call themselves Palestinians.

Saving the Soul…of America

By |2017-04-09T10:14:16-07:00February 5th, 2017|sermons|

February is the beginning of Black History Month. Over the course of this month, we will explore the contributions of Blacks to our religious life. These contributions take many forms; breaching, biblical scholarship, liturgy, music, and social and spiritual transformation (now known as social justice).

January 2017

It’s Time to Get Evangelical

By |2017-04-09T10:06:46-07:00January 22nd, 2017|sermons|

After an eventful week, Rev. Shockley was inspired to speak on the subject of being evangelical. The word, evangelical, has received a bad reputation in today's society. Let us not consider the word as it has come to be understood but as the dynamic and progressive presentation of the Good News of Jesus to a hurting world.

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