freedom

September 2020

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 ...

April 2019

So Glad To See You!

By | April 14th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley April 14, 2019 On this Palm Sunday, we take our inspiration from Psalm 118. The words bring us hope and power. It has shaped our culture and civilization. The early church had a problem. They needed to convince people who had never met Jesus to follow him. They needed to ...

December 2017

Redeemed ~Galatians 4: 4-7

By | December 31st, 2017|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley December 31, 2017 Our reading comes from one of the letters from Paul. One must remember that these letters pre-date the gospels by several decades. For those early Christians, what did they believe the significance of Jesus's birth was? We have a clue in this letter from Paul to the ...

April 2017

Celebrating Resistance

By | April 9th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/214352048 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley April 9, 2017 Each of the four Gospels tells us something concerning Jesus's entrance into Jerusalem.  Matthew goes overboard with his description. He has Jesus riding both a donkey and a colt. Matthew lacks the understanding that in Hebrew poetry there is synonymous parallelism. They say one thing then ...

July 2016

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 ...

March 2016

Shirt Off My Back, For Jesus

By | March 20th, 2016|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/160689081 In the Gospel of Luke, there is not any mention of palms on this Palm Sunday. Luke describes Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem.  Luke writes into the text a series of tests for those gathered. The first test is for the disciples. They are to steal a colt for Jesus. The second is for the ...