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The Challenge of Faith to the Multiplicity of Minds

I am convinced that faith comes much more easily to some people than to others, and it is primarily because of cerebral wiring or brain chemistry or who knows what. The thesis of this sermon is not based on any empirical scientific study or evidence. Rather it based on having known a few thousand individual people as a minister, several hundred of them quite closely. And I mean to suggest as clearly as I can that, for instance, just as various human bodies vary greatly in athletic prowess, and for essentially genetic reasons, so too do various human minds vary in their ability to affirm matters of faith.

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The Sacrament of Communion and The Chapel

Without question, there has been a long and strong tradition of communion in the Christian Church for all of its history. It originated, of course, from the widely remembered Last Supper of Jesus with his twelve disciples on the night before Jesus was crucified in Jerusalem. I have chosen two biblical passages which describe the Last Supper. The passage from Mark’s Gospel, ch. 14- vs. 17-25, is considerably the shortest account of the upper room episode in all of the four Gospels. It is all Mark says about the Passover meal.

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Has America Gone to Hell?

At the very beginning of this sermon, I want to assure you it will not be about what you might think it will be about. I preached on that subject a few weeks ago, and I’m not going to preach on it now. You can’t relax, exactly, because what I am going to talk about will not be very cheerful, but at least it won’t be that, so you can rest somewhat easily.

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God is not fair - thank God!

Why is Smith always sick, but Jones never is? Why does one family go sailing through life with favorable winds and never a storm, while another family has one stormy crisis after another? Why are Connecticut and New Jersey relatively so affluent, and South Carolina and Mississippi relatively so un-affluent? Why are rich countries so rich, and most of the countries of Africa and Asia are so poor? Why are the western states ablaze with so many fires, and the Southeast, Northeast, and Midwest are currently free from serious natural disasters? It is those kinds of questions we think about when we think about the fairness of God.

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Is the Bible the Word of God?

From the outset, you need to understand that this sermon is going to be largely educational, and not inspirational. If there is any inspiration at all, it will come toward the end of the sermon. This morning I shall be much more of a rabbi, a teacher, than a pastor or preacher. Having forewarned you, however, I hope you will listen attentively anyway. It can’t hurt you, and it might even deepen your understanding of what the Bible is - - - and isn’t.

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