Mary Heath will preach on Mar 25

> Sermons in Lent/Easter 2018

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

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.

> Sermons in Ordinary Time 2017

November 19, 2017, Invitation to Adventure, A Sermon on Matthew 25:14-30.

November 12, 2017, I Can't Do It for You, A Sermon on Matthew 25:1-13.

November 5, 2017, What Is Missing in Our Leaders, A Sermon on Matthew 23:1-12.

October 22, 2017, Show Me Your Face, A Sermon on Exodus 33:12-23.

October 8, 2017, Reclaiming the Ten Commandments, A Sermon on Exodus 20:1-20.

September 24, 2017, Grumbling About Blessings, A Sermon on Exodus 16:2-15.

August 27, 2017, Religion in an Age of Fear, A Sermon on Exodus 1:1-14.

August 20, 2017, The Making of a Tribal People, A Sermon on Genesis 45:1-15.

> 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.

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).

The Retreat of Western Liberalism, by Edward Luce (New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2017).

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

No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need, by Naomi Klein (Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2017).

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