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 20th, 2014
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
Sunday, July 6th, 2014
Rev. Ben Daniel discusses the PCUSA’s recent decision to divest from three companies doing business with Israel, connecting it to the wider issue of politics and religion, and how the spirit guides us towards engagement with the world.
Learning From What is Old
Sunday, June 29th, 2014
In a week in which the news is about the detention of unaccompanied, undocumented immigrant children, Rev. Daniel responds to people “using the language of heaven” to justify this tragedy, draws on archetypal, mythic language to bring perspective and calls upon the thoughtful Christian to use such language when addressing such issues.
Scripture Matthew 4:1-11
Learning From What Is New
Sunday, June 22nd, 2014
In the context of Presbyterian Church (USA) recent decisions permitting pastors to perform same-gender marriages and on the occasion of Pride Week in the larger community, Rev. Daniel recognizes the leadership this congregation has taken on these issues and offers “in Evangelical English” the reasons why he supports these decisions.
Scripture – Psalm 8
Its a Mystery
Sunday, June 15th, 2014
Rev. Daniel talks about “thin places” in the world where people feel a spiritual presence and the importance for Christians to be open to mystery.
Scripture Matthew 28:16-20
Sunday, June 8th, 2014
Scripture Acts 2:1-21
On Pentecost Sunday Rev Daniel looks at the first Pentecost and sees a call to the church of today to practice a faith that transcends borders.
Ascension: I’ve Been to the Mountain
Sunday, June 1st, 2014
On Ascension Sunday, Rev. Daniel journeys from paths diverging in the Maine woods, to climbing the Mount of Olives, and along the way considers facts, faith, and what it means to be the church of the Ascension.
Scripture: Acts 1:1-11
John Calvin’s Unknown God
Sunday, May 25th, 2014
Rev. Daniel discusses Paul’s visit to Athens (Acts 17:16), delving into the ways that Christianity has been shaped, and continues to be shaped, by a wide range of traditions and beliefs.
You’re Going to Preach on What?
Sunday, May 18th, 2014
Rev. Ben Daniel tackles John 14:1, addressing the thorny question of Jesus’ meaning in saying he was the pathway to God. What does this say to us, and to people of other faith traditions?