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It’s Time to Get Evangelical

By |01/26/2017|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley January 22, 2017

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

What Would MLK Say On This Inauguration Day?

By |01/24/2017|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley January 15, 2017

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

Christmas Eve Meditation

By |01/20/2017|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley December 24, 2016

The theme of tonight’s meditation is “How can this be?” There are only two gospels that have a birth narrative, Matthew and Luke. They approach this story from two distinct perspectives. Matthew recounts the story from what was revealed to Joseph, the man’s perspective. Luke recounts the story

Jesse, the Little Shepherd

By |01/20/2017|

Presented by the Children of Pilgrim Church on December 24, 2016

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. They encouraged him to take his sheep with him to

The Gospel in a Post-Truth World

By |01/07/2017|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley January 1, 2017

According to the Oxford dictionary, the word of the year for 2016 is post-truth. We are in a world where the truth no longer matters. The concept was introduced in 2005 by the comedian, Stephen Colbert. He called it, truthiness. He explains it as the belief in what

I must Be Dreaming

By |01/03/2017|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley December 25, 2016

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. It begins with Joseph receiving some bad news, Mary is pregnant. Since they were

All I Want for Christmas Is Justice

By |12/31/2016|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley December 18, 2016

After his trip to Palestine and the West Bank, Rev. Shockley offers some reflections. The sermon title comes from a theme of a cultural center in Bethlehem. This trip is his third. The first trip was back in 1996 and sponsored by the American Jewish Committee. This most

Life and a Presidential Election. Immobilized By Fear and Lrved By Wonder

By |12/28/2016|

Given By Rev. Jerry Stinson December 11, 2016

During this post-election period, people are dealing with many emotions. Some can be immobilized by fear. Others are mobilized to offer hope and inspiration for a better tomorrow. Rev. Stinson speaks of our living in fear since Sept. 11th, 2001. America was propelled into two wars, increased its

Hagar, Chicana Feminism and God

By |12/22/2016|

Given By Anna Runion on December 4, 2016

Today, we are looking at how Hagar’s story relates to us. God sends Hagar back to Abram and Sarah after Hagar runs away. Sarah had wronged Hagar by giving her to Abram as a wife so Hagar could bare Abram a child. In order to protect herself and


By |12/20/2016|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley on November 27, 2016

This 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. The first way is