Monthly Archive for: ‘October, 2016’

“Shame No More, Humility Always”- Joel 2:23-32, Luke 18:9-14–Oct. 23, 2016

Dan Clendenin was in Oxford, England, researching a paper, when he decided one Sunday morning to go to St. Aldate’s Church. “As I walked into St. Aldate’s,” he writes, “the usher handed me a bulletin and enthusiastically greeted me, ‘We welcome all sinners!’” [journeywithjesus, 10/16/16] “It was just what I needed at the time,” Clendenin says, but how do you …

“Prayer Warriors”– Jeremiah 31:27-34, Luke 18:1-8 –Oct. 16, 2016

Clergy are prohibited by law from making partisan political speeches from the pulpit. It puts their congregation’s tax-exempt status into jeopardy, though some have argued that it’s a limit on their freedom of religion. Other than to urge you to vote in this November’s election–a right people have died for–, I will not be delivering any partisan, political sermons today …

“Telling the Truth”– Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7, Luke 17:1-4– Oct. 9, 2016

Rabbi Arthur Waskow, in his reflection for Yom Kippur, recalls the 2-sentence short story by Franz Kafka–”One day a leopard came stalking into the synagogue, roaring and lashing its tail. Three weeks later, it had become part of the liturgy[–part of the order of worship]. ” “Our task,” Rabbi Waskow says, “in every generation, every year, is to let the …

“Nurturing the Seed”- 2 Tim. 1:1-14, Luke 17:5-6– Oct. 2, 2016

Marva Collins went to school in a strict one-room schoolhouse in Alabama in the 1940’s,in the days of segregation in the south, and was given extra assignments and challenges by her father at home. After graduating from college, Ms. Collins became a substitute teacher in the Chicago public schools, and was appalled at the treatment and disposal of poor black …

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