The first in a series of sermons asking the question; “What do we mean when we say the word God?” After a week like this one, remembering the victims of violence from mosques in New Zealand: When we say we believe in the God of Abraham, the God of Sarah, we also must know that we claim the God of Hagar. Our God is not a narrow tribal God. Our One God is capable of mercy, and justice, and love not just for one group, but for all of humanity.
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Imagine Abraham, your children will be like the stars. A Sermon for Lent 2
The preacher William Sloane Coffin used to tell a story about Abraham. The story isn’t in the Bible, but “that’s okay” Sloane Coffin would say, “because I know it.” The story took place in Haran, where Abraham and his family have made a life for themselves, just after Abraham hears the call from God toContinue reading “Imagine Abraham, your children will be like the stars. A Sermon for Lent 2”
Faith and the American Dream
Today Jesus sets the bar pretty high, don’t you think? That last sentence is really the clincher: “Be perfect, you know, like God is perfect.”Really Jesus? You wonder how he thought the disciples would respond: “Oh, oh, now I get it. Be perfect, like God, that’s where we were going wrong. Thanks Jesus.” Now, I’mContinue reading “Faith and the American Dream”