Sermon Archives

03/05/2017

Journey to the Jordan: Context Matters—1st Century Palestine

Journey to the Jordan: Context Matters—1st Century Palestine A Sermon for University Congregational Church Sunday, March 5, 2017 Traditional Word 2 Chronicles 36:22-23 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus […]

02/26/2017

“Making Space – Progressive Christian Convictions: The Journey of Faith”

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Feb. 26, 2017 “Making Space – Progressive Christian Convictions: The Journey of Faith” James 1:2-4 Finding your spiritual journey is the pathway to discovering your life and your spirit. It is the doorway to knowing God. We are observers and participants in the changing of thoughts and ideas about life, […]

02/19/2017

“Making Space–Progressive Christian Convictions: What Would You Die For?”

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02/12/2017

Making Space – Progressive Christian Convictions: Loving Like God

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Feb. 12, 2017 Making Space – Progressive Christian Convictions: Loving Like God Deut. 6:4-9; Matt. 22:36-38 In the early 3rd century CE, the emperor Claudias made a law that prohibited the marriage of young people. This was based on his hypothesis that unmarried soldiers fought better than married soldiers because […]

02/05/2017

“Making Space – Progressive Christian Convictions: Post-Colonial Mission Work”

Paul E. Ellis Jackson University Congregational Church February 5, 2017 “Making Space – Progressive Christian Convictions: Post-Colonial Mission Work” Amos 5:11-12 11 Therefore, because you trample on the poor, and take taxes from him of wheat: You have built houses of cut stone, but you will not dwell in them. You have planted pleasant vineyards, […]

01/29/2017

Making Space – Progressive Christian Convictions: Sometimes the Bible is Wrong

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Jan. 29, 2017 “Making Space – Progressive Christian Convictions: Sometimes the Bible is Wrong” Eph. 6:5-8 Deut. 22:28-29 Peter Gomes, the late Preacher to Harvard University observed “intelligent people seem to know less and less about the Bible and religious people revere it and will defend it to the death […]

01/22/2017

Making Space – Progressive Christian Convictions: Salvation as Transformation

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Jan. 15, 2017 “Making Space – Progressive Christian Convictions: Salvation as Transformation” II Cor. 5:17 & 6:2b There is a story about the great scientist Albert Einstein, when he was going on a train to an out-of-town engagement. The conductor stopped by to punch his ticket. Einstein, preoccupied with his […]

01/08/2017

Making Space–Progressive Christian Convictions: God

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Jan. 8, 2017 Making Space – Progressive Christian Convictions: God Acts 17: 28; Psalm 139:7-10 I was in 8th grade, and I was in love. This was not puppy love, but even if it was, puppy love is real to the puppy. Here I was at the ripe old age […]

01/01/2017

New Year Priorities

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Jan. 1, 2017 “New Year Priorities” Matt. 5:1-10 The poet writes: Another year, another chance To start our lives anew; This time we’ll leap old barriers And have a real breakthrough. We’ll take one little step And then we’ll take one more, Our unlimited potential We’ll totally explore. We’ll show […]

12/25/2016

The Gift–Christmas Day 2016

“The Gift” A Sermon for University Congregational Church Sunday, December 25, 2016—Christmas Morning Paul E. Ellis Jackson Traditional Word For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. –Isaiah 9:6 Contemporary Word It […]

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