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SERMONS

ADMIRAL
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

Current Theme: 

LATEST SERMON

November 4: Death Is Not Our Master
John 11:32-44

"When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Judeans who came with her also weeping, He was "indignant" (Gk: literally "horse-snort angry")." - John 11:33


SERMON ARCHIVE
This Month

Current Theme:
          Lordship of Christ
          and the Power of Death


November 11: Dying for the Kingdom
John 11:45-53

"You do not understand that it is better for you to have one Man die for the people than to have the whole nation destroyed.” John 11:50


November 18: Anointing the Dead
John 12:1-8

"Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.” John 12:3


November 25: Seeking the Resurrected Life
John 12:9-19

"So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death as well, since it was on account of him that many of the Judeans were deserting and were trusting in Jesus.” John 12:10-11


The Lordship of Christ is a complicated topic, especially for progressive Christians. When we talk about Jesus' authority, it often begs questions about the legitimacy of our interfaith commitments. Perhaps instead we could consider that Jesus' Lordship is not a counter to other faiths, but a counter to the death-dealing forces at work in society, both in the first century and the 21st. During November, we will be discussing the lead-up to Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem in John's Gospel. In particular, we will be looking at how Jesus challenges the logic of violence and the power of death over our lives.

SERMON ARCHIVE

Last Month

Previous Theme:
          The Problem With

          Being Good Enough


October 28: Asking as Presumptous/Asking as Prautés
Mark 10:46-52

"Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him, “My Teacher, let me see again." - Mark 10:51


October 21: Status as Idolatry/Status as Responsibility
Mark 10:35-45

"For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." - Mark 10:45


October 14: Goodness as Performance/Goodness as Alignment
Mark 10:17-31

"Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone." - Mark 10:18


October 7: Scripture as Distraction/Scripture as Conviction
Mark 10:1-16

"But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. "" - Mark 10:14


Do you struggle with the notion of being "good" or at least "good enough"? What could "enough" even mean? And by who's standard? This question might be operative in your friendships, your intimate relationships, your family or employment, but ultimately it is a core theological question. Where does our "enough" come from? In October, we will be considering Jesus' final teachings and healings in Mark before the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and thinking about Jesus' rebuke of the rich young man who referred to Jesus as "good Teacher". In Mark 10:18, "Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but God alone."" If Jesus Himself is not "good", how could we ever hope to be? What if we don't need to be "good/enough"? What will we be instead?


UPCOMING

SERMON SERIES

The Voice Crying Out In The Wilderness

This Advent, Admiral will be grappling with how we, as people of faith, continue to seek the Kingdom of God when all the evidence around us points to a lack of divine intervention. In a nation divided, where anger and suffering are more common than trust and vulnerability, how do we stay committed to the servant path Jesus brought to the world? We will follow St. John the Baptist through Luke's Gospel, as he reveals how he continued to witness, in the midst of the wilderness, to the in-breaking of God's love.


LENT 2018
ALL-CHURCH READ

Practical Resources for Real Freedom

"The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous is America's most significant and authentic contribution to the history of spirituality, says Richard Rohr. To survive the tidal wave of compulsive behavior and addiction, Christians must learn to breathe under water and discover God's love and compassion. In this exploration of Twelve Step spirituality, Rohr identifies the Christian principles in the Twelve Steps, connecting The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous with the gospel. Rohr offers encouragement for becoming interiorly alive and inspiration for making one's life manageable for dealing with the codependence and dysfunction (sin) rampant in our society."
                                                                               -from Google Books


Click Here to Read Excerpts from Breathing Underwater Used in Worship