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The Church and Ivory Soap

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

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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.

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Loving Creativity

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

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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.

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Loving Knowledge

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

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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

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God’s Politics

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

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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.

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Learning From What is Old

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

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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

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Learning From What Is New

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

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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

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Its a Mystery

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

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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

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Say What?

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

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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.

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Ascension: I’ve Been to the Mountain

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

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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

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John Calvin’s Unknown God

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

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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.

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