Today I am preaching the second in a three part series of sermons on a question: “What do we mean when we say the word God?” Last week we encountered the God of Abraham, of Sarah, and of Hagar. We talked about the one God we share with our siblings who are Jewish and Muslim.Continue reading “The God of Moses, the Midwives, and Romero: What do we mean when we say the word “God?” part 2″
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The God of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar: What do we mean by the word “God?” (part one)
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.
God is Bigger than Any Box
God has a stake in what happens in our world. God dreams of a world that is more loving, more generous, more equitable, more just. God is not just the God of the insiders. God hears the cry of the immigrant, of the foreigner, and those who have been red-lined into substandard housing. God invites us to behave differently.