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.
Forgive Us Our Debts
Monday, September 15th, 2014
Sunday, September 7th, 2014
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.
A Tale of Two Rocks
Sunday, August 31st, 2014
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.
The Spirit and the Dry Bones
Sunday, August 24th, 2014
Guest speaker, Rev. Dr. George Cummins, Pastor of Imani Community Church in Oakland speaks about the hurt and anger he experiences when White Police Shoot Black Men and looks to the prophet Ezekiel to inspire a faith response.
We Can Change
Sunday, August 17th, 2014
With many crises in the world today it can be difficult to find signs of hope. Rev. Daniel looks to the example of Jesus, who in today’s scripture is clearly shown to have changed his mind. From here Rev. Daniel arrives at the hopeful title of the sermon “We Can Change”.
Scripture: Matthew 15:10-28
Why Can’t You be More Like Your Sister?
Sunday, August 10th, 2014
With the help of children and the Montclair Family Choir Talitha Phillips, (Coordinator for Children, Youth, and Family Life) reflects on the story of Mary and Martha seeking understanding of how the Spirit can empower us to be our true selves.
Scripture: Luke 10:38-42
Finding Blight and Returning Light
Monday, August 4th, 2014
Youth Group Mission Trip Participants share their experiences on their recent mission trip to Memphis, TN. Caution: includes chard.
The Church and Ivory Soap
Sunday, July 27th, 2014
Guest preacher Rev. Keith Geckeler discusses the battles over “purity” within the Protestant church — both the historical underpinnings and God’s call to rise above discord and do good in the world.
Sunday, July 20th, 2014
Rev. Ben Daniel discusses the way that creativity can be seen as an expression of the image of God — but also how it calls us to apply that creative energy to the problems of the world.
Sunday, July 13th, 2014
Continuing his series on being a thoughtful Christian, Rev. Daniel talks about the value of cultivating knowledge and wisdom; found in scripture and continuing throughout church history. Reminding the listener of the role that learning has played in our own traditions, he speaks to several current issues illustrating the essential importance of knowledge for the thoughtful Christian today.
Scripture: Proverbs 8