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The Divinity of Ray Charles

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

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God is Love. Love is Blind. Ray Charles is Blind. Therefore Ray Charles is God.

On the occasion of Reformation Sunday Rev. Daniel talks about church history and what does and does not make sense and exhorts the church to speak up when something does not make sense and thus keep the Reformation alive and make the world a better place. Scripture: Matthew 22:34-46

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Something Like A Star

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

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music by Randall Thompson, poem by Robert Frost

Kim Rankin Conducting the Montclair Presbyterian Church Choir

Marcia Roy, piano

 

 

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Rendering to Caesar the Things of God

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

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Scripture: Matthew 22:15-22

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Where Is Your Robe?

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

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Mixing metaphors about Journeys and Banquets Rev. Ben Daniel speaks about “putting on new robe” as we are  changed by an invitation to the feast.

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Apocalypse 2.0

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

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Rev. Daniel draws upon the book of Revelation (21:1-7), not as predictor of the end times,  but for its poetic vision of a new Heaven and a new Earth, teaching us to be impatient and to long for a different world as Children of God.

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But Is It Fair?

Monday, September 29th, 2014

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Rev. Ben Daniel discusses Matthew 20 1:16 (the parable of the vineyard) and its message about the nature of fairness, and why it’s better to be generous of heart and open to undeserved joy.

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Peaceful Connections

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

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Rev. Ben Daniel draws connections between the International Day of Peace and climate change, showing how we are called to take action against the latter in order to truly achieve the former.

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Forgive Us Our Debts

Monday, September 15th, 2014

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On Kickoff Sunday, Pastor Ben Daniel discusses’ the Bible’s call for forgiveness, the way this theme has played out nationally over the past ten years, and the personal and societal price we pay when we do not forgive.

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Choosing Sides

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

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Rev. Ben Daniel discusses the various interpretations of Jesus’ welcoming of children (Matthew 18:1-5): as a reminder of the purity of childhood, or of the humble position children hold in the world, or as a reminder to welcome children into our midst and into worship.

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A Tale of Two Rocks

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

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Looking at the book of Matthew as a literary work Rev. Daniel observes that the events portrayed in today’s scripture fall mid-way in the author’s recounting of Jesus’ adult ministry and represent a turning point. Looking at the key figure, Peter the “Rock”, Rev. Daniel challenges the listener to consider how this example might inform Christians today.

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