Don Heath will preach on Jul 22

> Sermons in Ordinary Time 2018


Click below for Don Heath's recent sermons and translations of the sermon Scripture [New Testament texts. Mary Heath preaches from notes and does not prepare a manuscript.

July 8, 2018, The Miracle of Unity, A Sermon on 2 Samuel 5:1-10.

June 24, 2018, God Does Not Save by Sword or Spear, A Sermon on 1 Samuel 17:1-58.

June 10, 2018, Give the People What They Want, A Sermon on 1 Samuel 8:1-22.

May 27, 2018, Born of the Spirit, A Sermon on John 3:1-17.


> Sermons in Lent/Easter 2018

May 13, 2018, Testifying to Eternal Life, A Sermon on 1 John 5:6-13.

May 6, 2018, Why Is It So Hard to Love God? A Sermon on 1 John 5:1-5.

April 22, 2018, First Things First, A Sermon on 1 John 3:11-24.

April 8, 2018, A Paraclete for Our Sins, A Sermon on 1 John 1:1-2:2.

April 1, 2018,
Life after Easter, A Sermon on John 20:1-18.

March 18, 2018, Glorify Your Name, A Sermon on John 12:20-33.

March 11, 2018, Bringing Truth to Light, A Sermon on John 3:14-21.

February 25, 2018, We Are Not Our Own, A Sermon on Mark 8:31-38

February 18, 2018, All You Have to Do, A Sermon on Mark 1:9-15.


> Sermons in Epiphany 2018

January 28, 2018,
A Crisis in Faith, A Sermon on Mark 1:21-28.

January 7, 2018, Splitting Apart the Heavens, A Sermon on Mark 1:4-11.


> Sermons in Advent/Christmas 2017

December 31, 2017, Holy Traditions, A Sermon on Luke 2:21-40.

December 24, 2017, How Can This Be? A Sermon on Luke 1:26-38.

December 17, 2017, Who Are You? A Sermon on John 1:6-8, 19-28.

December 3, 2017, The Shaking of the Foundations, A Sermon on Mark 13:24-37.



> Pastor's Bookshelf:

Whatever a pastor has been reading invariably finds its way into his or her sermons. Our pastor, Don Heath, has recently read the following books and recommends them. Don's comments are listed next to each book.

The Art of Loading Brush: New Agrarian Writings, by Wendell Berry (Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2017). This is a collection of essays and short stories on agrarianism. Berry sees agrarianism as a way of healing our relationship with Nature and with each other. It is an alternate way of life to an industrial economy in which we exploit Nature and each other.

Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations, by Amy Chua (New York: Penguin Press, 2018). Chua, a law professor at Yale, traces the growth of tribalism in American politics and shows how American policy makers have misunderstood tribalism in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and Venezuela. I found particularly valuable her description of tribalism in progressive politics.

Inventing the Passion: How the Death of Jesus Was Remembered, by Arthur J. Dewey (Salem: Polebridge Press, 2017). Dewey argues that the earliest layers of the Jesus tradition referred to the death of Jesus but made no mention of the passion story. He finds the Gospel of Peter as the source of the passion story that was further developed in the Gospel of Mark.

The Exodus: How It Happened and Why It Matters, by Richard Elliott Friedman (New York: HarperOne, 2017). Friedman argues that the Exodus story is based on the reflections of a group of Levites who emigrated from Egypt to Israel. Friedman also suggests that the Levites are the source of the teaching in the Torah about caring for the resident alien.

The Great Shift: Encountering God in Biblical Times, by James L. Kugel (New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017). Kugel, an Orthodox Jewish scholar, traces the evolution of the image of God in Biblical times and correlates it with the developing sense of self. The book is filled with dozens of Scriptural texts to support his arguments about the image of God. I wish he had included more analysis from sociology and psychology to build his model of the self. 

Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid (New York: Riverhead Books, 2017). This novel describes the struggles and the small pleasures of a young Muslim couple, Saeed and Naomi, as they endure a civil war and life as refuges. The author uses the fantasy device of doors or portals to transport refuges to another country. The novel offers extended reflections on the nature of society and relationships in a world full of refuges.

Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance, by Bill McKibben (New York: Penguin Random House, 2017). This fable describes how a talk-show raid host and a computer geek use underground radio broadcasts to launch a movement in Vermont to separate from America. This is a call to return to a way of life based on local connections, free of the influence of transnational corporations and politics. 

The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics, by Mark Lilla (New York: HarperCollins, 2017). Lilla, a professor of humanities at Columbia University, believes that American liberalism is in a crisis of imagination and ambition. It has failed to articulate of vision of what a shared life looks like, splintering into identity politics based on self instead of community. He calls for seeing ourselves as citizens in a democracy instead of as partisans, with duties to each other as well as rights.

The Retreat of Western Liberalism, by Edward Luce (New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2017). Luce, an English columnist for The Financial Times, believes that the Western values of liberty and democracy are in retreat. Economic growth has become the secular religion of Western industrial societies. The lack of economic growth among Western middle classes has produced feelings of stagnation, resentment and disillusionment, and the rise of China and India makes it unlikely that broad economic growth can be restored. The Western model of democracy has lost much of its credibility through its engagement in bewildering foreign wars. His analysis of the problem is insightful; his prescriptions for the future are rather thin.

American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804
, by Alan Taylor (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2016).

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