equality

May 2020

Compassionate Christianity~ 1 Peter 4: 12-14 5 :6-11

By | May 17th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley May 17, 202 During these times, the world needs compassionate Christianity. Few turn to 1 Peter due to its conservative patriarchal perspective. The writers had turned away from the wide acceptance preached by Jesus and the first generation Christians. Gone were the revolutionary thoughts of equality. The early church was ...

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May 2017

What Do We Owe Each Other?

By | May 14th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/218740464 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley May 14, 2017 Today's reading from Genesis tells the story of Cain and Abel. From this passage comes the phrase, "my brother's keeper." This phrase has shaped our culture. It touches on what it means to be in human community, to live together. Unfortunately, some have used this passage's ...

October 2016

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

You’re Invited

By | October 2nd, 2016|sermons|

Today is World Communion Sunday. This is a way to show solidarity with our fellow Christians as we focus on the sacrament of Communion which binds us together. It is one of only two sacraments recognized by the Protestant church.

September 2016

When Resurrection isn’t Enough

By | September 18th, 2016|sermons|

The inspiration for today's sermon comes from two different readings, Amos 6 and Luke 16. One is from the prophet Amos and the other is a parable from Jesus. Both passages warns that those who find comfort in this life may find the next life more difficult. To those who are rich yet take no notice of the poor, this is a dire warning.

Do The Right Thing

By | September 4th, 2016|sermons|

Spike Lee  has inspired the title of this week's sermon. The reading from Philemon offers a unique perspective on race relations today. Although it is short, Rev. Shockley considers the letter from Paul to Philemon to be the most personal historical document of the New Testament. This letter deals with the question of slavery. Today, slavery is considered in most places of the world to be a crime. Back in Paul's time, it was a common practice.  In order to properly understand this letter, we must understand who is writing it and who is receiving it.

August 2016

Two Hijabs and Mr. Triple-A

By | August 14th, 2016|sermons|

The reading today from John tries to imagine the calling of the first twelve disciples. It begins with Andrew and his brother, Simon-Peter, who are simple fisher-folk from Galilee. Next came Philip who then tries to persuade Nathanael.

July 2016

Loving One Another is not Optional

By | July 17th, 2016|sermons|

Jesus continues the lesson from last week's reading of the Good Samaritan. In order for his followers to continue being part of the community and stay in the relationship Jesus had established with them as they traveled, they need to stay in my love.

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 ...

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 ...

God is Love

By | May 15th, 2016|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/166859923 Today's sermon from Selpastian Chaiyahat teaches a lesson of following God despite the fear of the unknown. Only what comes from the heart is what truly matters. It is our choices on how we react to God's love that bring us happiness. God can not make you chose or make decisions for you, only ...

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.