Rev. Ben Daniel preaches on Pentecost, his favorite day in the church year, and discusses the importance of grounding whatever we say, no matter the language, in a spirit of love and compassion.
Sunday, May 24th, 2015
Earth Care Sunday
Sunday, May 17th, 2015
Guest preacher Abby Mohaupt calls our attention to the earth’s dire environmental status, but also challenges us to remember the principles of our faith: the world is broken but fixable through the grace of God, so we must remain hopeful and keep working to save it.
The Complications of Love
Sunday, May 10th, 2015
Rev. Ben Daniel discusses the foundations of faith: how the basis should be ‘love one another’ as opposed to specific doctrine, and how it’s possible to rebuild your personal foundation if you find that it’s standing on anything other than love.
Am I Welcome Here?
Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
In her candidate sermon, Talitha Phillips unpacks the story of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch, drawing out its message of absolute welcome to all who follow their hearts to God.
Are Sheep Really Dumb?*
Sunday, April 26th, 2015
Contrasting the metaphor of sheep of common stereotype with sheep as the actually are, Rev. Daniel sees how thoughtful Christians may grow in understanding.
*title abbreviated (absit inuria)
Sunday, April 19th, 2015
As disciples encountered the risen Jesus on the road to Emmaus and became aware of his presence only at the breaking of bread, Rev. Daniel reminds us that we can find his presence at the dinner table and learn what it means to live in the reality of Easter. Scripture: John 24:13-35
Doubt as Moral Responsibility
Monday, April 13th, 2015
Rev. Daniel speaks about the importance of doubt in a life of faith.
Scripture 20: 24-30
Resurrection: Not Easy but Good
Sunday, April 5th, 2015
Rev. Ben Daniel reflects upon what it can mean when one’s life is “Touched by Resurrection” when we affirm “He is Risen Indeed!!”
Scripture: Mark 16
Always Look On The Bright Side of Life?
Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
Rev Ben brings Monty Python to MPC, using their song as a reminder to not skip over the suffering of Holy Week, but to dwell in it, and focus on the ways that God is with us through it all.
Blessed Are The Greeks
Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
Rev. Ben discusses John 12:20-33, focusing on Jesus’ joy at meeting the “outsiders” of the day, and how it relates to our current attempts to be as inclusive as possible, for the greater glory of God.