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So far Rev. Madison Shockley has created 82 blog entries.

July 2016

All People Are Created Equal

By | July 3rd, 2016|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/173300680 Many people do not realize that the Book of Genesis contains two different creation stories. Each gives a different vision of humanity and our relationship with God. Despite their irreconcilable differences, many people have harmonized them. In the first story, God simply created humanity, both male and female, at the same time. They are ...

June 2016

Spiritual Leadership for the 21st Century

By | June 26th, 2016|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/173197065 Today's sermon comes from 2 Kings 2. We have been talking about Elijah, one of the greatest prophets. He lived during a time of great idolatry. Great times call forth great people. God called prophets to challenge, confront, and contest those in power, whether it be a king or a priest. A prophet went ...

The Gun – The True American Idol

By | June 19th, 2016|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/172264565 Today's reading from Exodus 20:1-5a talks the Commandments. In spite of being a Christian nation, we have a fickle relationship with our faith regarding the First Commandment. Our strong devotion to guns seems to conflict with not worshiping anything other than God. The gun is the true American idol. We have more guns per capita ...

Madness and Murder

By | June 12th, 2016|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/171246802 The reading from I Kings 21 speaks of the troubles King Ahab encounters after his madness leads to murder. His greed causes the death of an innocent man. The anniversary of the Charleston Church shooting is coming up and still needed to be reflected on. Racism, both in our society and in our politics, ...

An Alliance of Losers

By | June 5th, 2016|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/169955329 The reading from I Kings 17 talks of the prophet, Elijah. Those who speak truth to power often end up as losers. Even though it is a divine appointment, it is a hard job. The times they live in are filled with terrible events which is why prophets are called. There are consequences for ...

May 2016

Possessed

By | May 22nd, 2016|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/168491578 The story of Pentecost from the Acts of the Apostles is not an historical event. It is more of a theological event. A declaration of faith so profound that it changed history. The church was forever changed by this multicultural, multiracial, and international idea. It was now a global force, capable to take on ...

The Courage To Be

By | May 8th, 2016|sermons|

Luke regales us with the tale of Paul in Athens during the reading from the Acts of the Apostles. It is one of the most remarkable passages in the bible. It makes us feel as if we are right there listening to Paul give his greatest sermon.

A Place Of Prayer

By | May 1st, 2016|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/165978581 Given By Madison Shockley on May 1, 2016 Today's sermon is based on the reading where Paul is spreading the Gospel throughout Macedonia to the centers of power. His journey was mapped out through a dream of a man calling for help. This brings up the question of how do we hear from God ...

April 2016

Are These the Last Days?

By | April 23rd, 2016|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/164854227 Today's reading comes from the book of Revelations which has inspired the imaginations of countless generations. The question, "Are these the last days?," has been asked by everyone in every civilization in some form or another. We wonder about the question of death. Everyone wants to know the answer for several reasons. Is there ...

Get Up!

By | April 17th, 2016|sermons|

Today's sermon brings to our attention to the message from Acts 9:36-43. Even though Jesus has died, his resurrection has empowered those are now the leaders of the church.

Can I Get a Witness

By | April 3rd, 2016|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/162454482 Today's sermon follows the one of the narratives of the Apostles and their actions following the death of Jesus. Peter challenges the authorities as he continues to teach Jesus' message in the temple in Jerusalem. It represents the conflict between Judaism and the new Christian movement. Peter preached at great risk. If Christianity were ...

March 2016

Whatever Happened to Jesus

By | March 27th, 2016|sermons|

The passage from Acts talks of the preachings of the disciples as a result of Jesus' resurrection. The conviction of the disciples that Jesus was still with them after his resurrection formed the basis for the early church.

Shirt Off My Back, For Jesus

By | March 20th, 2016|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/160689081 In the Gospel of Luke, there is not any mention of palms on this Palm Sunday. Luke describes Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem.  Luke writes into the text a series of tests for those gathered. The first test is for the disciples. They are to steal a colt for Jesus. The second is for the ...

The Truth Will Make You free, Of the Death Pen-al-ty

By | March 13th, 2016|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/159661326 In this week's passage from the Gospel of John, he addresses his Jewish-Christian based community to tell them that the truth about Jesus. Jesus was sent by God to show them the way to live a God-pleasing life. Today's sermon speaks to one aspect of Jesus' teachings. It tells us a truth about the ...

February 2016

Slut-Shaming, Rape, Honor-Killing, And Jesus

By | February 28th, 2016|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/158744397 The sermon was inspired by the story from the Gospel of John about a woman caught committing adultery who is brought before Jesus. The elders want to stone her. Jesus turns the tables on them. In the recent past, women were referred to as having a reputation or being easy. The new term is ...

Drought Tolerant Christians

By | February 28th, 2016|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/157890535 What kind of Christian are we? Do we need constant watering or are we able to thrive by getting just a bit of water? Through the Gospel of John, Jesus talks about giving us Spiritual life through the Living Water. We can be Drought-Tolerant Christians by keeping our faith even when the world is ...