Sermons

“Wellness and the Healthcare System”

God within and beyond -part of our very being and the makeup of all creation- we come hoping to reside more closely and more intimately with who we really are and who our brothers and sisters are. We arrive here under stress with minds pre-occupied; we gather with deep emotions over loved-ones lost – or [...]

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“Come Out, Come Out Whoever You Are”

This series that we are in the middle of now is all about coming out, which is actually about liberation.  I want to suggest to you that liberation always begins as an inward journey that then becomes public action.  I’m trying to encourage all of us in these three weeks to come out in various [...]

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“If the Earth Billed us for its Services, Could we Pay?”

Gerber Baby Foods!  You know the brand?  They have the picture of the very cute, chubby baby on the jar.  Gerber is the staple diet of most babies growing up.  When products enter into the African market, what they generally do, because of the language problem, is place a picture of the item being sold [...]

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“The Advent of Inner Revelations”

Well, it happened to us on Friday.  We’d heard people describe this situation, but we have now lived here for three winters, and it finally happened to us on Friday.  Meg and I were driving back from Holland, and we were having a very strange conversation in the car.  It was one of those conversations [...]

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“Apocalypse Now and Then”

This week I made a spontaneous trip to New York City to visit my sister for some Christmas celebrations, and we were joined by my brother from London. Yesterday, about this time, we were ice-skating in Central Park, which really doesn’t have anything to do with my sermon, I just wanted to boast. On our [...]

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“A New Heaven and a New Earth for the New Year”

It is a privilege to be here again in this amazing and marvelous church where you are forging a future of progressive Christianity that is reaching the hearts and minds of people around the globe.  I bring you greetings from C3 North, where at this moment David Begley is worshiping in Frankfort at the Betsie [...]

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“Seeing Life Symbolically”

I arrived at the church, and it could have been any Sunday morning.  People were milling around in the narthex, some were beginning to take their seats, and I was feeling anxious because it was already time to start the service, but I couldn’t get through the crowds.  I was trying to elbow my way [...]

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“God as Self-Realization: The Universe Expressing itself”

I once got some good advice about preaching:  Have an interesting beginning, a strong ending, and a very short space in between.  So in light of my scratchy voice, which will only last for so long, I think I’ll stick with that advice today. Speaking of time, check this out:  ( This is a Kenji [...]

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“How Science and Religion Enhance Each Other”

An engineer, a physicist, and a mathematician were on a train, traveling through Scotland.  The engineer looked out the window and saw a black sheep.  He said to the other two, “You won’t believe this- the sheep in Scotland are black!”  The physicist responded with, “Hold on one second, all we can actually conclude from [...]

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“The Human Brain as a Centre for Religion and Science”

There were four theologians- three naturalists, and one super naturalist.  They liked to go on long hikes together, and get into deep philosophical conversations.  In the course one such conversation atop a mountain, the usual pattern emerges.  The three naturalists agree, and the super naturalist is the odd man out. The super naturalist begins to [...]

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