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Sunday
Oct082017

Hastening the Death of "The Lost Cause"

To refer to The Lost Cause in glowing, romanticized terms is to imagine that the Civil War was primarily an attempt by the Confederacy to perpetuate traditional agrarian southern culture. That meant an imagined chivalric code, a fierce spirit of independence, an abiding aversion to a strong federal government, and above all, the maintenance of what had been known for generations as “the peculiar institution.” The peculiar institution, of course, was slavery.

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Sunday
Oct012017

Harvey, Irma, Climate Change, and Flood Insurance

For all the years I have been preaching, I have had my sermon themes planned ahead for at least two or more months at a time. Because that is the case, had I known all that was coming, I would have called this sermon Harvey, Irma, Jose, Maria, Climate Change, and Flood Insurance. This has been the worst year in history for Atlantic hurricanes, and it isn’t even over yet. Incidentally, if you think “Flood Insurance” was thrown in just for laughs, it is the most alarming part of this sermon for people living on a fragile barrier island on the coast of South Carolina.

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Sunday
Sep242017

World Changing Sayings of Jesus: The Kingdom of God Is in the Midst of You

“The kingdom of God” is a term that is used by Jesus dozens of times in the Gospels of Mark and Luke. It is used only a couple of times in Matthew and John. Why, I don’t know. On the other hand, Matthew tells us that Jesus used the term “the kingdom of heaven” many times. But in every context in Matthew in which Jesus used those particular words, Matthew seems to have meant exactly what Jesus meant when he was quoted using “the kingdom of God” in Mark and Luke.

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Sunday
Sep172017

World Changing Saying of Jesus: I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance

Jesus was a deliberate biblical-law-breaker. He observed most laws of the Torah, but not all. Therefore he was considered a sinner by most contemporary religious leaders. We don’t use the word “sinners” very much anymore. At least most Mainline Protestants and most Roman Catholics do not. Many fundamentalist and evangelical Christians still refer to certain people as sinners, but the rest of us are so acculturated into the larger society that we don’t use that terminology very often, even among ourselves. However, “sin” was big in Jesus’ time. The Pharisees, Sadducees, priests, and scribes talked about sin a lot. It was their religious “stock-in-trade.”

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Sunday
Sep032017

World-Changing Sayings of Jesus: Judge Not, That You Be Not Judged

We are constantly judging people. We do it out of necessity. When a stranger tells us something, we intuitively judge whether what he says is correct or not. When we go to buy a used car, and the salesman tells us the price of a 2012 Toyota Corolla with 16,000 miles is $6,200, and that it’s a steal. Thus we wonder whether it was stolen, if it is a steal, and if it really has only 16,000 miles on it. When our best friend says, “Trust me; I won’t lead you astray,” we have to judge whether what she or he says is really valid, even if that person is our best friend.

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