When Deborah Was Judge

Deborah’s story reminds us that God has called men and women on an equal basis throughout history. For this reason, we try to train our mouths and brains to remember that through the use of inclusive language. We are also reminded that the challenges laid before God’s servants in earlier eras are no less than those laid before us as we try to bring about the kingdom of God.

Love Is Not Passive

We talk about exploring Progressive Christian Theology every week in Ankeny UCC. What does that mean? What does that look like? It looks like expanding the kingdom of God and looking for expansive views of forgiveness and love even when we could find ways to shut the door on others.

note: I’m a little unfair to fundamentalist and unitarian interpretations of scripture here, for the sake of contrast.

Joined in the Light

Love, Re-formed

Jesus was an interpreter of Hebrew scriptures in the tradition of sages and scholars of the past. His innovation was to interpret those scriptures through a lens of love, setting an example for us all to follow.

In this sermon, I somewhat anachronistically speak for Hillel’s opinion on God’s love. It was an overstatement on my part.

What Does Your Backside Look Like?

How do you know that you have been in God’s presence? Moses tried to convince God to manifest in the presence of Israel. But God challenged Moses as God challenges us, to figure out the meaning of God’s presence. We are challenged as Moses was challenged, to change our world as God changed the world in front of Moses. What is in our wake?

Sermon text: Exodus: 33:12-23 (also Matthew 22:15-22)

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