Monday, February 25, 2013

Morning Worship, 2/24/13: "A Moment of Candor"

Jesus cries, "Jerusalem, O Jerusalem." He loves the holy city, he loves the people, and he wants to protect them from what is coming.  But he cannot.  He knows that.  As Barbara Brown Taylor says, “If you have ever loved someone you could not protect, then you understand the depth of Jesus’ lament” as he cries, “Jerusalem, O Jerusalem.”   I ask you, have you ever loved someone you could not protect?


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Evening Worship, 2/13/13: Ash Wednesday

I'm going to tell you something you already know.  Something you don't want to know.  Something which is particularly important today.


Monday, February 4, 2013

Morning Worship, 2/3/13: "Spiritual Gifts: Trained to Serve"

       The SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) of New Zealand has a problem.  For some reason, people there are much less likely to adopt a dog or cat from a shelter than they are to buy one from a breeder.  They think shelter animals are somehow inferior.  That prejudice, combined with the economic downturn which caused many people to abandon their animals, has led to extreme overcrowding in animal shelters across New Zealand, which is the case here in America as well.  They needed to find a way to get pets into homes where they would be cared for and loved.  But…how?
The SPCA decided to exercise the gifts of the dogs in shelters to prove, once and for all, that shelter dogs are as gifted as any other dog.  In fact, they decided to prove they’re far more gifted than we would ever imagine.  How?  By teaching three shelter dogs to…drive…cars…on the road.

*During the sermon, Stephen showed three videos of the dogs. They can be viewed here: Video 1 (SPCA New Zealand), Video 2 (training), Video 3 (driving dogs).