sermons

October 2020

The Great Debate~ Matthew 22: 15-22

By | October 22nd, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley October 18, 2020 Throughout Jesus's life, he is engaged in debate. During his ministry, the Pharisees were usually his opponents. For example, Jesus questioned them on what was more important to God, what goes in your mouth or what comes out of your mouth. Today's text has asked the question ...

Love is Love~ I Corinthians 13: 1-8a

By | October 11th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley October 11, 2020 Today is Coming Out Sunday. Our reading from Paul reminds us that love never ends. The community of Corinth was divided just as we are divided today. The various churches tried to show their devotion to God. Their works can be distorted if these works are not ...

Anti-Racism as Our Sacred Duty~James 2: 14-26

By | October 4th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Prof. Melina Abdulla October 4, 2020 Black Lives Matter is not just a social justice or racial movement. It is a spiritual movement. We must remember that Jesus was also a person killed by the state. As Christians, it is not enough to say Black lives matter but to MAKE Black lives matter. ...

September 2020

Is God With Us or Not~Exodus 17: 1-7

By | September 27th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley September 27, 2020 During troubling times, we have all asked this question. Our reading speaks to the issue of leadership. Moses was charged with leading the people during a period of deprivation before they could reach the promised land.  This task was difficult but doable. They needed a leader with ...

The Courage To Be Free~Exodus 16: 2-12

By | September 20th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley September 20, 2020 at Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad CA pilgrimucc.org Our reading today tells the story of the Israelites complaining about being hungry in the wilderness. After all God did for them to be free, they were still unhappy. In every revolution, there are those who complain. They prefer life ...

The Life We Ought To Live ~ The Gospel According To Mark 1:14-15 and Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians 4:1

By | September 13th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Dr. James M. Lawson September 13, We are honored to have with us today, the esteemed Dr. James Lawson. The readings tells us the kingdom of God is at hand. These readings were chosen since the message of Christianity does not coincide with the teachings of Jesus. The words "kingdom of God" ...

I Warn You, Because I Love You~Ezekiel 33: 7-11

By | September 6th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley September 6, 2020 We are living in extraordinary times. Our reading talks about the people of Israel living through dark times. The prophet, Ezekiel, lived in Israel during this time of great catastrophe. They were held in captivity in Babylon. It was Ezekiel's job to keep the Israelites faithful during ...

August 2020

I Know What You Did This Summer~Exodus 3:1-15

By | August 30th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley August 30, 2020 In these historic times, we look to the lectionary to address what is going on in the world today. Exodus, chapter 3, is one of the foundational passages of liberation theology. God was upset about the oppression of the Israelites by the Egyptians. Today, God is upset ...

Revolution? Transformation~ Romans 12: 1-5

By | August 23rd, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley August 23, 2020 The words we use in our political discourse have implications in our religious life and the words we use in our religious life have political impact. According to our Constitution, the government cannot act on behalf on any one religion. It cannot support one church, faith, or ...

A Woman’s Place~Paul’s Letter To The Romans 16:1-2

By | August 16th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley August 16, 2020 This is a week that women made history. Paul wrote about women leaders in the early church. In this reading, Paul is asking that Phoebe be accepted and treated as an equal. Unfortunately, women are still barred from holding leadership positions in many churches today. What happened ...

Have You Heard About Love?~Romans 10: 12-15

By | August 9th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley August 9, 2020 Today we are talking about love. The apostle Paul says God is love. Those who live in love, live in God and God lives in them.  By substituting the word love for God, the text takes on a deeper meaning. Currently, the world is in the worst ...

Blessed And Broken People~Matthew 1-4, 13-21

By | August 2nd, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley August 2, 2020 Today's lesson is inspired by the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand on the hillside. This is Jesus having church outdoors. The meal that Jesus shared with the people was a sacrament. Jesus did not need a pandemic in order to show compassion to the poor, ...

July 2020

Repent~ Isaiah 1: 21-31

By | July 26th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley July 26, 2020 Most prophets were fire and brimstone preachers. Isaiah was a prophet in the 7 century CE. The Black Lives Matter movement might be considered the 21st century's prophet. Today, we are doing a remix of Isaiah's message. We speak to America today. Some have forsaken our values ...

We Dare To Hope~Paul’s Letter to the Romans 8:22-25

By | July 19th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Dr. Carl Crider July 19, 2020 During the month of July, we are looking at what has formed our assumptions, our language, and our thinking. Each of us are starting at different places on this journey. We are asking hard questions about race in our community of faith. Racism is built into ...

Loamy Christians~ Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23

By | July 12th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley July 12, 2020 Our parable today asks the question of what word is being sown. It is implied that it is Jesus's message about the arrival of the Empire of God. There are different interpretations of what the Empire of God means in different theological frames. The Individual frame believes ...

The Usual Suspects~ Romans 7:15-25a

By | July 5th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Michael Vaughn July 5, 2020 The writings of Paul in Romans is densely packed and exacting. He uses so many "I"s, "me"s, and "my"s. This hyper-focus on these words represents our personal struggles. Today, current events bring us to the edge of cultural awareness. Things are changing and we must think anew. ...