Don Heath will preach on Dec 17
> Sermons in Advent 2017

You may view the manuscripts for Don Heath's most recent sermons and his translations of New Testament sermon texts by clicking on the links below. Mary Heath preaches from notes and does not prepare manuscripts.

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.

July 30, 2017, The Surety of Grace, A Sermon on Romans 8:26-39.

July 23, 2017, What Does It Mean to Be Church Today? A Sermon on Romans 8:12-25.

July 9, 2017, I Can't Help Myself, A Sermon on Romans 7:15-25.

June 25, 2017, Leaving Sin Behind, A Sermon on Romans 6:1-11.

June 11, 2017, Great Expectations, A Sermon on Matthew 28:16-20.

> 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 Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics, by Mark Lilla (New York: HarperCollins, 2017).

The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World's Largest Religion Is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian, by Brian D. McLaren (New York: Convergent Books, 2016).

Grounded: Finding God in the World, A Spiritual Revolution, by Diana Butler Bass (New York: HarperOne, 2015).

The End of White Christian America, by Robert P. Jones (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2016).

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).

The Witness of Religion in an Age of Fear, by Michael Kinnamon (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2017).

A Colony in a Nation, by Chris Hayes (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2017).

The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice, by Cynthia Bourgeault (Boulder: Shambala Publications, 2016). Bourgeault, an Episcopal priest and one of the leaders of the centering prayer movement, uses The Cloud of Unknowing, a 14th century classic on mystical spirituality, as a guide for a different way of perceiving the world, from awareness of a single unified field through the heart instead of cognitive differentiation and judgment through the mind. She describes centering prayer as a way of experiencing nondual consciousness, which is not primarily about what one sees but how ones sees.

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, by Nancy Isenberg (New York: Penguin Random House, 2016). Isenberg, a history professor at LSU, surveys American history and shows that American culture has been hostile to poverty and social backwardness in every age. The survey is limited to poor whites; it shows that class prejudice is real. The United States throughout its history has always had a class system directed by the top 1 percent and supported by the middle class.   

The Underground Railroad: A Novel, by Colson Whitehead (New York: Doubleday, 2016). Whitehead describes the journey to freedom by Cora, a slave on a Georgia plantation, who escapes to the underground railroad, which takes her from Georgia to South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Indiana. Whitehead teaches us much about the brutality of slavery and its effect on slaves, abolitionists, slave masters, slave catchers and white citizens of the South. Some of the violence is this novel is so intense that I had to put it down a few times. This gripping novel won the National Book Award for fiction.

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, by Carol Anderson (New York: Bloomsbury USA, 2016). This essay explores the white backlash to five milestones in African-American history: the end of slavery, the Great Migration of African Americans to Northern cities following World War I, the abolition of separate but equal in Brown v. Board of Education, the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, and the election of the first African-American President. Anderson argues that each backlash was fueled by white rage at black advancement, “at blackness that refuses to accept subjugation.” Anderson closes the essay with a haunting epilogue that imagines how much stronger the nation would be today if it had chosen a different  path, one that made access to good schools the norm rather than the exception, one that builds a justice system that protects and serves the weak instead of preying upon them, one that promotes economic opportunity instead of permanently denying it to the black underclass.

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