Sermon Archives

11/06/2016

The Heart of Christianity: Opening the Heart

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Nov. 6, 2016 “The Heart of Christianity – Opening the Heart” Eph. 3:16-17 The early Celtic people who lived in the British Isles believed that you could go to certain places to be closer to God. These places have long been called “thin places.” For them, thin places were geographical […]

10/30/2016

The Heart of Christianity: The Heart of Justice

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Oct. 30, 2016 “The Heart of Christianity – The Heart of Justice” Matt. 6:9-13 “The Bible is political…” says Marcus Borg, “It combines sharp political criticism and passionate political advocacy: radical criticism of systems of domination and impassioned advocacy of an alternative social vision.” I thought that might make all […]

10/23/2016

The Heart of Christianity: The Way of the Heart

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Oct. 23, 2016 “The Heart of Christianity – The Way of the Heart” Matt. 22:37-40 This week, in disbelief and a growing sick feeling in my stomach, I read a comment written by one of my acquaintances on Facebook. It said… Evil is doing its best to come into our […]

10/16/2016

“The Path: Humanity”

THE PATH-HUMANITY A sermon for University Congregational Church Sunday, October 16, 2016 Paul E. Ellis Jackson Traditional Word: From Psalm 51 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right[b] spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the […]

10/09/2016

The Path: Spontaneity

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Oct. 9, 2016 “The Path: Spontaneity” Based on The Path; What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life by Michael Puett & Christine Gross-Loh Psalm 65:9-13 Quotes from Zhuangzi (370-287 BCE) In the Psalms, we find poetic words with deep truth. In our text for today, we see […]

10/02/2016

The Path: Vitality

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Oct. 2, 2016 “The Path: Vitality” Based on The Path; What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us about the Good Life by Michael Puett & Christine Gross-Loh Mark 13:35-37 and Proverbs 4:18-22 Quotes from Inward Training If I were to ask you to draw a circle to represent your life, what […]

09/25/2016

The Path: Influence

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Sept. 25, 2016 “The Path – Influence” Based on the book The Path; What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us about the Good Life by Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh Luke 13: 18-21 Imagine you are walking through a forest. It’s a glorious summer afternoon, and the sun is shining brightly […]

09/18/2016

The Path: Decisions

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Sept. 18, 2016 “The Path – Decisions” Prov. 18:1-3 James 3:17 Quotes from Mencius 372-289 BCE Claire Varin, a 33 year old mom, was at a McDonald’s. She saw an unshaven man sitting despondently in the corner. He had no meal and was eating ketchup directly from the dispenser. She […]

09/11/2016

The Path: Relationships

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Sept. 11, 2016 “The Path: Relationships” Proverbs 13:20 Hebrews 10:24-25 Quotes from Confucius and “The Nature that Emerges from Decree” A couple of weeks ago, my young niece and nephew came over to paint with me. They were telling me about their grandma (who is my mom) and how they […]

09/04/2016

Building on Shalom–Living the Promise

Building on Shalom—Living the Promise A Sermon for University Congregational Church By: Paul E. Ellis Jackson Sunday, September 4, 2016 Traditional Word 1 Corinthians 13New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) The Gift of Love 13 If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong […]

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