September 2021

A Just Peace~ Matthew 5: 1-9

By | September 19th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley September 19, 2021 In Europe, church is more associated with war. Rev. Shockley traveled to Germany during his vacation and gained some insight into this association. Matthew differs from Luke on the Beatitude, blessed are the peacemakers. Matthew may have wanted to reflect on the devastating impact of war. He ...

August 2018

January 2018

Big Buttons and Little Boys ~ Job 24:9-14

By | January 14th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley January 14, 2018 at Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad CA Recent events and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday  have inspired today's sermon. Not only was Martin Luther King Jr. known for his work for civil rights, he was also known for his work for peace. He protested against the ...

September 2016

August 2016

Courage To Hope

By | August 21st, 2016|sermons| Today's reading from Jeremiah talks about his call to ministry. It took Jeremiah time before he fully embraced his calling. At the beginning of his ministry, he is not yet bold or courageous. God had called Jeremiah to speak truth to power even before his birth. At first, Jeremiah tells God he has the ...

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.

April 2016

Are These the Last Days?

By | April 23rd, 2016|sermons| Today's reading comes from the book of Revelations which has inspired the imaginations of countless generations. The question, "Are these the last days?," has been asked by everyone in every civilization in some form or another. We wonder about the question of death. Everyone wants to know the answer for several reasons. Is there ...

March 2016

Whatever Happened to Jesus

By | March 27th, 2016|sermons|

The passage from Acts talks of the preachings of the disciples as a result of Jesus' resurrection. The conviction of the disciples that Jesus was still with them after his resurrection formed the basis for the early church.