Don Heath will preach on Dec 6

> Sermons in Advent 2020

Click below for podcasts/videos 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.

November 29, 2020, We're in Charge, A Sermon on Mark 13:24-37. YouTube.


> Sermons in Pentecost/Ordinary Time 2020

November 22, 2020, The Works of Mercy, A Sermon on Matthew 25:31-46. Podcast.

November 15, 2020, Invitation to Adventure, A Sermon on Matthew 25:14-30. Podcast.

November 8, 2020, Missing Out on the Party, A Sermon on Matthew 25:1-13. Podcast.

September 27, 2020, By What Authority? A Sermon on Matthew 21:23-32. Podcast.

September 20, 2020, Grumbling About Grace, A Sermon on Matthew 20:1-18. Podcast.

September 13, 2020, Forgive from the Heart, A Sermon on Matthew 18:21-35. Podcast.

September 6, 2020,
Do You Know What Time It Is? A Sermon on Romans 13:8-14. Podcast.
 
August 30, 2020,
Called to the Cross, A Sermon on Exodus 3:1-15 and Matthew 16:21-28. Podcast.

August 23, 2020,
Who Do You Say I Am? A Sermon on Matthew 16:13-20. Podcast.

August 16, 2020,
Room for Everyone, A Sermon on Matthew 15:10-28. Podcast.

August 9, 2020, Getting out of the Boat, A Sermon on Matthew 14:22-36. Podcast.

August 2, 2020, No Gift Too Small, A Sermon on Matthew 14:13-21. Podcast

July 26, 2020,
The Hidden Kingdom, A Sermon on Matthew 13:31-35, 44-53. Podcast.

July 19, 2020, Both of Them Grow Together, A Sermon on Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43. Podcast.


July 5, 2020, I Will Give You Rest, A Sermon on Matthew 11:16-30. 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.

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson (New York: Random House, 2020). Wilkerson chooses caste over racism as a metaphor to describe the systemic injustice that pervades America. She compares the caste systems in India, Nazi Germany and America and describes how the caste system is experienced on a daily basis by people of color in America.

The Conservative Sensibility, by George F. Will (New York: Hachette Books, 2019). Will sets forth the conservative principles that ground his political philosophy. It is based on the vision of natural rights articulated by Jefferson and Madison. Will laments the rise of the administrative state, largely begun under the administration of Woodrow Wilson, and the abdication of legislative authority to the executive branch.

White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity, by Robert P. Jones (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2020). This book is a powerful wake-up call to white Christians. Jones chronicles the history of white supremacy in the Southern Baptist tradition, which he grew up in. He also describes how American Protestant theology lends itself to white supremacy. American Christians today like to believe that they have warm feelings toward African Americans, but polling data shows unaffiliated white people are much closer in their beliefs on racial issues to African Americans than white Christians. There is negligible difference in the polling on racial issues between white evangelicals, white mainline and white Catholics. Jones closes with signs of hope in congregation that are working toward truth and reconciliation.

American Conservatism: Reclaiming an Intellectual Tradition, edited by Andrew J. Bacevich (New York: Library of America, 2020). This a collection of essays from the last hundred years that discuss the pillars of American conservatism: tradition, religion, morality and the individual. Bacevich brings together diverse conservative voices on these issues. Many of the essays are thoughtful and provocative. Bacevich appeals to conservatives to reexamine the roots of their movement to determine a path forward. It is notable that there are no voices included on racial equality.

Dorothy Day: Dissenting Voice of the American Century, by John Loughery and Blythe Randolph (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2020). This is a beautifully-written biography. It describes the life and thought of Dorothy Day and the social forces and people who influenced her.

Christ and the Common Life: Political Theology and the Case for Democracy, by Luke Bretherton (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2019). Bretherton, a professor of theological ethics at Duke, examines Scriptural and philosophical understandings of political philosophy and articulates a contemporary vision of democracy. This is a dense book that is full of insights on political theology and is worth reading two or three times.

The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory, by Andrew Bacevich (New York: Henry Holt, 2020). Bacevich, an Army veteran and a history professor, details the new consensus that emerged after the collapse of the Soviet Union: globalized neoliberalism, empire, autonomy and presidential supremacy, which were intended to cement the primacy of the United States on the world stage.

Why We're Polarized
, by Ezra Klein (New York: Avid Reader Press, 2020). Klein, a journalist, examines the toxic systems that produced the polarized identities that shape American politics today.

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.


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