Paul

July 2020

The Usual Suspects~ Romans 7:15-25a

By | July 5th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Michael Vaughn July 5, 2020 The writings of Paul in Romans is densely packed and exacting. He uses so many "I"s, "me"s, and "my"s. This hyper-focus on these words represents our personal struggles. Today, current events bring us to the edge of cultural awareness. Things are changing and we must think anew. ...

June 2019

April 2019

Resurrection Is Not A Strategy~ Romans 8: 15B-25

By | April 21st, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley April 21, 2019 at Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad CA pilgrimucc.org Happy Easter! Christ is risen! This passage from Romans inspires hope. Since Easter falls so close to Earth Day, we reflect on what this means for both us and all creation. All of creation stands besides us and waits for ...

November 2018

A Woman’s Place~ Luke 13: 10-16

By | November 18th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev Carl Crider on November 18, 2018 Rev. Crider speaks to the issue of inequality for women as related to marriage and society. Matrimony is one of the sacraments. Historically, it celebrates the transferring of property. Luckily, things are changing. Women no longer are considered property. They do not need a man's permission ...

July 2018

The Paradox of Power~2 Corinthians 12: 5b-10

By | July 9th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev Madison Shockley on July 8 2018 Paul preaches that power is a paradox. Where we think it is, it is not. Where we least expect it, it is there. One of the greatest examples is the story of David and Goliath. That power is a paradox is one of the fundamental beliefs ...

June 2018

Learning To Let Go~ Romans 1:18-32

By | June 17th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Judith Johnson June 17 2018 at Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad CA pilgrimucc.org Today's reading is a difficult text. The Bible brings good news but this text brings only bad. This interpretation of Paul is used to condemn homosexuality. Scholars believe that this text is inconsistent and contradictory.  Readers are left to come up ...

January 2018

When Being Right Isn’t Enough~ I Corinthians 8: 1-13 ~”What Will You Say” Joey Pearson

By | January 28th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley, with a song sung By Joey Peterson , January 28, 2018 at Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad CA pilgrimucc.org Our inspiration today comes from Paul's letters to the Corinthians. They offer a glimpse into the Christian church coming into being. Unfortunately, these letters can be confusing. Since we are not in ...

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 ...

September 2017

A Luta Continua

By | September 24th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/236502836 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley September 24, 2017 Today's reading offers comfort for those who are struggling or under stress. Paul was writing this letter from his jail cell. He wrote to encourage his followers. His only crime was causing trouble. Some did not like his message so he was placed in jail. Prison ...

September 2016

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.

May 2016

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.