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sermons

January 2017

What Would MLK Say On This Inauguration Day?

By | January 15th, 2017|sermons|

On the eve of our presidential inauguration, we consider the question of what would Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. say to the nation. Rev. Shockley uses King's own words from his 1968 sermon titled The Drum Major Incident. King used passages from Mark in his sermon. We can relate these to Trump.

December 2016

I must Be Dreaming

By | December 25th, 2016|sermons|

Jesus' birth is told from two different perspectives. The Gospel of Luke is told from the perspective of Mary while Matthew speaks from the perspective of Joseph. Today, we are looking at Matthew's version.

Jesse, the Little Shepherd

By | December 24th, 2016|sermons|

A young shepherd boy names Jesse was left behind to tend the sheep while his father and brothers went to see the baby Jesus. The angels around Bethlehem noticed him as he played his flute.

November 2016

Stigma

By | November 27th, 2016|sermons|

his is World AIDS Sunday. The worldwide campaign to end AIDS depends not only on stopping the spread of the virus but also stopping the spread of the stigma attached to those living with the disease. This stigmas is detrimental in many ways...

Winter is Coming; and This One Could Last for Years

By | November 13th, 2016|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/192266388 Pulling from a scene from Game of Thrones, Rev. Shockley hopes to explain what we going through right now, post election. There are three groups in the T.V. show, the White Walkers, the humans, and the wild ones. the character of Jon Snow wants to make peace with the wild ones so they can ...

October 2016

Like A Good Neighbor, Pilgrim Is Here

By | October 30th, 2016|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/190443224 Today's reading of the Parable of the Good Samaritan is one of the most well-known stories from the Bible. While it has some problems, it has a powerful message of compassion and generosity for us today. The first problem is the traditional interpretation of this parable is anti-Jewish, the "good Samaritan" and the "bad" ...

Righteous, Justified, Which Am I?

By | October 23rd, 2016|sermons|

Today's sermon by Neal Washburn comes to us from the Gospel of Luke, a parable within a story. Jesus is talking to a group of individuals who felt righteous but felt contempt for others. Jesus tells them the parable of a Pharisee and a tax collector

It’s Still About Love

By | October 16th, 2016|sermons|

On this Coming Out Sunday, the reading reminds us of the conflicts Jesus had with the religious authorities. He challenged them about how they lead the community. Jesus sought to not only expand the social and religious boundaries but also break them down

How to live on the Losing side

By | October 9th, 2016|sermons|

The reading from Jeremiah concerns the delivering a message of defeat. Jeremiah had a difficult job.  He had to tell  the people of Israel that their government, social, and religious institutions had neglected the issue of social justice that only the outsider, Nebuchadnezzar, could dismantle it.