Romans

September 2021

Are We There Yet?~ Romans 8:31-39

By | September 5th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Adrienne Armes September 5, 2021 Everyone has asked the question. Every parent dreads the question. Are we there yet? Life is about the journey, not the destination. Sometimes, that journey seems so difficult. Surprises occur. Detours are needed. The journey is not simple. Sometimes the goal changes. There can be loss. Sometimes ...

August 2020

Revolution? Transformation~ Romans 12: 1-5

By | August 23rd, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley August 23, 2020 The words we use in our political discourse have implications in our religious life and the words we use in our religious life have political impact. According to our Constitution, the government cannot act on behalf on any one religion. It cannot support one church, faith, or ...

A Woman’s Place~Paul’s Letter To The Romans 16:1-2

By | August 16th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley August 16, 2020 This is a week that women made history. Paul wrote about women leaders in the early church. In this reading, Paul is asking that Phoebe be accepted and treated as an equal. Unfortunately, women are still barred from holding leadership positions in many churches today. What happened ...

Have You Heard About Love?~Romans 10: 12-15

By | August 9th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley August 9, 2020 Today we are talking about love. The apostle Paul says God is love. Those who live in love, live in God and God lives in them.  By substituting the word love for God, the text takes on a deeper meaning. Currently, the world is in the worst ...

July 2020

We Dare To Hope~Paul’s Letter to the Romans 8:22-25

By | July 19th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Dr. Carl Crider July 19, 2020 During the month of July, we are looking at what has formed our assumptions, our language, and our thinking. Each of us are starting at different places on this journey. We are asking hard questions about race in our community of faith. Racism is built into ...

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 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 ...