Mary Heath will preach on Jun 7

> Sermons in Lent/Easter 2020

Click below for podcasts of recent sermons and for manuscripts and translations of the sermon text for Don Heath's sermons. Mary Heath preaches from notes and does not prepare a manuscript.

May 31, 2020, A Dream or a Nightmare, A Sermon on Acts 2:1-21. Podcast.

May 24, 2020, Sharing the Glory, A Sermon on John 17:1-11a. Podcast.

May 17, 2020, While I'm Gone, A Sermon on John 14:15-31. Podcast.

May 10, 2020, In Jesus' Name, A Sermon on John 14:1-14. Podcast.

May 3, 2020, Entering Through the Gate, A Sermon on John 10:1-21. Podcast.

April 26, 2020,
To See Jesus, A Sermon on Luke 24:13-35. Podcast.
April 19, 2020, The Good Kind of Fear, A Sermon on John 20:19-31. Podcast.

April 12, 2020, The Difference Between Hard and Strong, A Sermon on Matthew 28:1-10. Podcast.

April 5, 2020, The Silence of Jesus, A Sermon on Matthew 27:11-56. Podcast.

March 29, 2020, In the Shadow of Death, A Sermon on John 11:1-41. Podcast.

March 22, 2020, Now I See, A Sermon on John 9:1-41. Podcast.

March 15, 2020, Physical Life, Spiritual Life, A Sermon on John 4:1-45. Podcast.

March 8, 2020, (Mis)Understanding Jesus, A Sermon on John 3:1-17. Podcast.

March 1, 2020, Let's Make a Deal, A Sermon on Matthew 4:1-11. Podcast.

> Sermons in Epiphany 2020

February 23, 2020,
Love God and Love Your Enemy, A Sermon on Matthew 5:38-48. Podcast

February 9, 2020, Your True Identity, A Sermon on Matthew 5:13-20. Podcast.

February 2, 2020,
Blessed Are the Courageous, A Sermon on Matthew 5:1-12. Podcast.

> 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 Age of Illusions: How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory, by Andrew Bacevich (New York: Henry Holt, 2020).

Why We're Polarized
, by Ezra Klein (New York: Avid Reader Press, 2020).

How to Fight Anti-Semitism, by Bari Weiss (New York: Crown, 2019). Weiss, an Opinion editor for the New York Times, grew up in Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburg. The mass shooting there woke her up to the extent of Anti-Semitism in the country and in the world. She describes three sources of anti-Semitism: the political Right, the political Left and Radical Islam. She skillfully combines a history of anti-Semitism with personal reflections.

When Christians Were Jews: The First Generation, by Paula Fredriksen (New Haven: Yale, 2018). Fredriksen explores the historicity of events recorded in the New Testament from the arrest of Jesus to the death of Paul. She argues that the non-violence of Jesus was well known to the ruling elite in Jerusalem and that his followers expected Christ to conquer through violence upon his return.

The Forgotten Creed: Christianity's Original Struggle Against Bigotry, Slavery & Sexism, by Stephen J. Patterson (New York: Oxford, 2018). Patterson, a historical Jesus scholar, argues that the baptism formula in Galatians 3:28 was part of an early Christian creed and that Paul made it his life's work to reconcile Jews and Greeks.

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.

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.

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