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sermons

February 2017

Sistering Towards Solidarity

By | February 26th, 2017|sermons|

Our reading brings us news that Jacob's family is now vast and strong. Unfortunately, the new king feels threatened that the Hebrews, foreigners, are now more numerous than his people. He orders his people to treat them harshly, hoping to decrease their numbers.

“Geez, Jesus…Love Your Enemies??”

By | February 19th, 2017|sermons|

Continuing with the lessons of Jesus, we learn more from the Sermon on the Mount. Last week, we are instructed to love our neighbor. This week, we are instructed to love our enemies. It is hard to imagine a more difficult task given the current divide in America.

A Matter of Life and Death

By | February 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 | February 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 | January 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.

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...