Rev. Ben discusses the church’s Calvinist roots, focusing on the “doctrine of vocation”, showing it to be not only a great equalizer but also an invitation to everyone, everywhere, to do the work they have been called to do for the greater glory of God.
Sunday, January 25th, 2015
What Kind of People Worship There and Who is Their God?
Monday, January 19th, 2015
On Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, Rev. Ben argues that a church is at its most lively and vital when it engages with tricky social and political issues, and is ready to change and adapt to new understandings.
In the Beginning
Sunday, January 11th, 2015
Rev. Ben discusses the new beginnings described at the start of the Gospel of Mark, relating it to our need to respond to violence at home and abroad with love and grace, helping make a new beginning for our world.
What Star Is This?
Sunday, January 4th, 2015
Rev. Ben Daniel discusses what has happened at MPC and in the wider world since he was voted in as pastor a year ago, and encourages us to stay focused on a higher purpose, much as the Magi followed the Christmas star.
Lock On to the Star
Sunday, December 28th, 2014
Visiting preacher, Rev. Vince Mok, reflected upon the journey of the Maggi as they traveled to see the newborn Christ Child and the lessons to be learned as they followed the Nativity Star. Scripture: Isaiah 60:1-6, & Matthew 2: 1-2, 7-12
In Search of Guadalupe
Sunday, December 21st, 2014
Preaching from Luke’s story of the birth of Jesus, Rev. Ben Daniel looks at the role of Mary and how today’s Protestant Christians may learn from her example.
Communion Homily: The Way Home
Sunday, December 7th, 2014
Rev. Daniel focuses on the events of the week, particularly racial injustice as he leads into the service of Communion.
Somewhere in Sands of the Desert…
Monday, December 1st, 2014
Rev. Ben Daniel enters into Advent with a discussion of The Second Coming: its popularity as a concept in American religion, the ways the original text was used to describe contemporary events, and the way it calls us to bring about the Kingdom now by being Christ for one another.
Christ the King
Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
On Christ the King Sunday, Rev. Ben Daniel reminds us to think of Christ as the door that welcomes us in from the storms of life — and that we, too, can welcome the downtrodden with kindness and compassion, showing gratitude for all that we have received.
Untitled Sermon: Don’t Label Me
Sunday, November 16th, 2014
Guest preacher Talitha Phillips discusses Matthew’s “Parable of the Talents”, encouraging us to remove our “stained glass blinders” and understand it as Jesus’ audience — the poor, marginalized, and oppressed — would have done.