April 2022

What Have You Done for Christ Lately~ Philippians 3: 4b-14

By |2022-07-13T15:16:50-07:00April 3rd, 2022|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley April 3, 2022 Paul talks about status in his letter to the Philippians. He is trying to convince them that all human status is worthless compared to the status of every follower of Jesus.  Many early Christian communities had trouble divesting themselves of their worldly status. It was especially difficult [...]

August 2021

March 2021

The Mystery of Martyrdom~ 1 Corinthians 1: 18-25

By |2021-03-17T12:07:40-07:00March 7th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley March 7, 2021 Our message today comes from Paul's letter to the Corinthians. The message about the cross is about the power of God. Martyrs throughout history have inspired others to finish the task they sacrificed their life for. Lincoln was a martyr. Lincoln was killed by a white supremacist because [...]

December 2020

The Greatest Gift of All~ Galatians 4: 4-7

By |2021-01-08T03:15:37-07:00December 27th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 27, 2020 Today's reading is from Paul's letter to the Galatians. It offers a different perspective to the virginal birth of Jesus. Jesus was born of a woman. This topic has caused trouble for many. Yet, you do not need to believe in a miraculous birth to be a [...]

November 2020

Thank God For Pilgrim~ I Corinthians 1:3-9

By |2020-12-06T10:40:04-07:00November 29th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley November 29, 2020 The opening words of Paul in his letter to the Corinthians show a deep affection for his congregation. In that tradition, Rev. Shockley wants to show why he is thankful for the members of Pilgrim. At our church, we do not wear our religion on our sleeve. [...]

August 2020

Revolution? Transformation~ Romans 12: 1-5

By |2020-09-02T21:14:08-07:00August 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 |2020-08-29T20:58:38-07:00August 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 [...]

July 2020

The Usual Suspects~ Romans 7:15-25a

By |2020-07-09T09:27:43-07:00July 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 |2019-05-19T17:01:23-07:00April 21st, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley April 21, 2019 at Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad CA 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 |2018-11-24T21:33:07-07:00November 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 |2018-07-11T21:16:49-07:00July 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 |2018-06-18T20:12:29-07:00June 17th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Judith Johnson June 17 2018 at Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad CA 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 [...]

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