CeCe Jones-Davis will preach on Feb 24

> Sermons in Epiphany 2019

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

February 10, 2019, Who Is Christ for Us? A Priest, A Sermon on Hebrews 4:14-5:10.

February 3, 2019, Who Is Christ for Us? A King, A Sermon on Philippians 2:5-11.

January 27, 2019, Who Is Christ for Us? A Prophet, A Sermon on Luke 4:14-21.

January 6, 2019, Behold the Light, A Sermon on Matthew 2:1-12.

> Sermons in Advent/Christmas 2018

December 23, 2018, A New Model of Manhood, A Sermon on Luke 1:39-56.

December 9, 2018, Free to Worship Fearlessly, A Sermon on Luke 1:67-79.

> Sermons in Ordinary Time 2018

November 25, 2018, What Is Truth? A Sermon on John 18:33-38.

November 11, 2018, Letting Go of Shame, A Sermon on Mark 12:38-44.

October 21, 2018, Letting Go of Privilege, A Sermon on Mark 10:32-45.

October 7, 2018, Women and Children Count Too, A Sermon on Mark 10:1-16.

September 23, 2018, Where Do You Get Your Values? A Sermon on James 3:13-4:10.

September 9, 2018, The Unity of Faith and Action, A Sermon on James 2:1-26.

August 26, 2018, (What's So Funny 'Bout) Forgiveness, A Sermon on 1 Kings 8:1-13, 22-53.

July 29, 2018, It Was Evil in the Eyes of God, A Sermon on 2 Samuel 11:1-27.

July 22, 2018, I Will Give You Rest, A Sermon on 2 Samuel 7:1-17.

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.

> 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.

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, by Steven Pinker (New York: Viking, 2018).

The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting up a Generation for Failure, by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt (New York: Penguin, 2018).

The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, by Jon Meacham (New York: Random House, 2018). Meacham, a presidential historian, responds to the events in Charlottesville by exploring several different eras in American history in which a politics of fear was in tension with a politics of hope. He offers Lincoln, Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Martin Luther King and Lyndon Johnson as leaders who responded to racist, nativist and isolationist threats of their day. The good news is that we have come through the darkness before and that a politics of fear is survivable if we enter the arena, resist tribalism, respect facts and deploy reason, find a critical balance and keep history in mind.

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. 

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