Our reading today is typically known as "The Sermon on the Mount" or the "Beatitudes." Scholars of the Jesus Seminar believe the true translation equivalent is not "blessed are..." but "congratulations." These are strange congratulations though.
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.