Author: Tisha Anderson

Honorable Mentions: Demands ARE the Militant Middle, September 13, 2020

Honorable Mentions: Demands ARE the Militant Middle, September 13, 2020

What are Honorable Mentions?  They are the quotes, book references, videos, etc that may have been brought up during Sunday’s sermon and are posted here in case somebody would like to check them out.  Please remember that all references occurred within the context of the sermon.  Sermon delivered by Pastor Bryan Hackett. 

Bible References

Exodus, Let My People Go!; Matthew 5:4/Luke 6:20

Quotes

For the past 50 years, hard work has brought the poor nothing.  Yet we praise meritocracy as though it were a god and blame the poor for being poor.”

John Metta, Al Jazeera

‘If a soul is left in the darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness.’

Victor Hugo

What is argot; properly speaking? Argot is the language of misery.”

Victor Hugo in Les Miserables (Argot: The jargon or slang of a particular group or class.)

The policymakers of the white society have caused the darkness; they create discrimination; they structured slums; and they perpetuate unemployment, ignorance, and poverty. It is incontestable and deplorable that Negroes have committed crimes; but they are derivative crimes. They are born of the greater crimes of the white society. When we ask Negroes to abide by the law, let us also demand that the white man abide by law in the ghettos. Day-in and day-out he violates welfare laws to deprive the poor of their meager allotments; he flagrantly violates building codes and regulations; his police make a mockery of law; and he violates laws on equal employment and education and the provisions for civic services. The slums are the handiwork of a vicious system of the white society; Negroes live in them but do not make them any more than a prisoner makes a prison. Let us say boldly that if the violations of law by the white man in the slums over the years were calculated and compared with the law-breaking of a few days of riots, the hardened criminal would be the white man. These are often difficult things to say but I have come to see more and more that it is necessary to utter the truth in order to deal with the great problems that we face in our society.

I believe we will have to find the militant middle between riots on the one hand and weak and timid supplication for justice on the other hand. That middle ground, I believe, is civil disobedience. It can be aggressive but nonviolent; it can dislocate but not destroy.

Martin Luther King, Jr.  In a 1967 speech to social scientists. (Link to the full speech here:  https://www.apa.org/monitor/features/king-challenge).

 

Honorable Mentions: Cain and Abel, August 16, 2020

Honorable Mentions: Cain and Abel, August 16, 2020

What are Honorable Mentions?  They are the quotes, book references, videos, etc that may have been brought up during Sunday’s sermon and are posted here in case somebody would like to check them out.  Please remember that all references occurred within the context of the sermon.  Sermon delivered by Pastor Bryan Hackett. 

Bible References

Genesis 4:1-16; Numbers 14:18; Jeremiah 31:29-30; Matthew 23:29-36; Hebrews 12:22-24

Quotes in the Sermon

Cain and Abel represent an archetypal sibling rivalry. And their story is meaningful even on the symbolic level as a cautionary tale of how an explosive mix of jealousy and anger can lead to fratricide. It can also be read as a calling to move from competition to cooperation and from selfishness to interdependence. Indeed: we are called to be our brother’s and sister’s keeper, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. -Carl Gregg, patheos.com

They both, in good faith, brought their best to God, but God, according to the story, “had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering had no regard.” The most compelling explanation I have heard the dynamic underlying this seemingly arbitrary divine favoritism is that the story of Cain and Abel is also about the painful transition from the semi-nomadic lifestyle that favored the skill set of sheep herders like Abel to a more settled existence that favored the skill set of farmers like Cain. From this angle, the story of Cain and Abel becomes the universally true story of the farmer “killing” the lifestyle of the semi-nomadic herder and moving to the city: -Carl Gregg, patheos.com

Book Referenced

Ishmael: A Novel, by Daniel Quinn (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000SEFH6A/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1)

Video Watched

“Man in His Arrogance,” A speech by Carl Sagan (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSrL0BXsO40)

Honorable Mentions: I Surrender All? August 9, 2020

Honorable Mentions: I Surrender All? August 9, 2020

What are Honorable Mentions?  They are the quotes, book references, videos, etc that may have been brought up during Sunday’s sermon and are posted here in case somebody would like to check them out.  Please remember that all references occurred within the context of the sermon.  Sermon delivered by Pastor Bryan Hackett. 

Bible References

Joel 2:13; Matthew 22:37; John 21:18-19

Hymn Referenced

“I Surrender All” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7x2IpLSfqp8

Quotes Referenced

“Jung is remorseless toward so-called ‘Christian nations’: “Their Christianity slumbers and has neglected to develop its myth further in the course of the centuries…a myth is dead if it no longer lives and grows.”

Carl Jung’s Last Thoughts on Christianity by Alexander Blum

“Surrender to God is a formidable adventure, and as “simple” as any situation over which man has no control. 

He who can risk himself wholly to it finds himself directly in the hands of God, and is there confronted with a situation which makes “simple faith” a vital necessity; in other words, the situation becomes so full of risk or overtly dangerous that the deepest instincts are aroused.

 An experience of this kind is always numinous, for it unites all aspects of totality. All this is wonderfully expressed in Christian religious symbolism: the divine will incarnate in Christ urges towards the fatal issue, the catastrophe followed by the fact or hope of resurrection, while Christian faith insists on the deadly danger of the adventure; but the Churches assure us that God protects us against all danger and especially against the fatality of our character. Instead of taking up our cross, we are told to cast it on Christ.”

Collected Works of C.G. Jung, Volume 18: The Symbolic Life: Miscellaneous Writings

Other Religions Definitions of Surrender

Islam means “surrender to God” (Allah)

Tibetan Buddhism emphasizes surrender (in one way) in the form of prostration—some talk of the “100,000 prostrations” (which would take many years)

 Perhaps with philosophy/psychology the surrender of the “false self” to the true self.

 Judaism (chabad.org), describing the giving of the Ten Commandments as a wedding ceremony, states…Then he said to us, “Surrender to me totally, but be fully responsible for your morality. Submit to me completely, but remain accountable for your actions.”

 Hindu thought: Throughout the Gita there is a ringing note that surrender and devotion are absolutely necessary for the attainment of God-consciousness.

www.sivanandaonline.org

Lao Tzu:      “Surrender is a journey from outer turmoil to inner peace.”

Book Referenced

Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CWYTK2A/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1)

Honorable Mentions: Unreasonable Demands, August 2, 2020

Honorable Mentions: Unreasonable Demands, August 2, 2020

What are Honorable Mentions?  They are the quotes, book references, videos, etc that may have been brought up during Sunday’s sermon and are posted here in case somebody would like to check them out.  Please remember that all references occurred within the context of the sermon.  Sermon delivered by Pastor Bryan Hackett. 

Bible References

Luke 5; The Story of the Rich Young Ruler (Matthew 19:16-30; Mark 10:17-31; Luke 18:18-30), Luke 22:33-34; Matthew 10:16

Songs Referenced

Both songs referenced are by Don Francisco:

“Love Is Not a Feeling” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKbHFMADh8Y

“He’s Alive” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Lmv_xR6_q8

 

Honorable Mentions: Trust and Snakes, July 26, 2020

Honorable Mentions: Trust and Snakes, July 26, 2020

What are Honorable Mentions?  They are the quotes, book references, videos, etc that may have been brought up during Sunday’s sermon and are posted here in case somebody would like to check them out.  Please remember that all references occurred within the context of the sermon.  Sermon delivered by Pastor Bryan Hackett. 

Bible References

Luke 5; Proverbs 3:5; Matthew 18:3; Isaiah 11:6-9; Matthew 10:16

Quotes

That is the apex, the ultimate, the extreme allowed to any theology, any philosophy and any scholarship: the back of God—provided they really desire to see his face.”  Fridolin Stier

The following quotes are from Ruthless Trust, by Brennan Manning  (Link to the book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Ruthless-Trust-Ragamuffins-Path-God/dp/0062517767/ref=sr_1_1?crid=35AOZ6RQFD46Y&dchild=1&keywords=ruthless+trust+brennan+manning&qid=1596222720&sprefix=ruthless+trust%2Caps%2C180&sr=8-1)

1. “The most brilliant student I ever taught in seminary was a young man named Augustus Gordon. He now lives as a hermit six months each year in a solitary cabin deep in the Smoky Mountains above Liberty, Tennessee. The remaining half-year he travels the country preaching the gospel on behalf of Food for the Poor, a missionary outreach feeding the hungry and homeless in Haiti, Jamaica, and other Caribbean islands. 

On a recent visit I asked him, “Gus, could you define the Christian life in a single sentence?” He didn’t even blink before responding. “Brennan,” he said, “I can define it in a single word: trust.”

2.  He gives another example in Mother Teresa, when she was visited by the ethicist, John Kavanaugh.

“What do you want me to pray for?” she asked. He voiced the request that he had borne thousands of miles from the United States: “Pray that I have clarity.” 

“She said firmly, “No, I will not do that.” When he asked her why, she said, “Clarity is the last thing you are clinging to and must let go of.” When Kavanaugh commented that she always seemed to have the clarity he longed for, she laughed and said, “I have never had clarity; what I have always had is trust. So I will pray that you trust God.”

3.  Often trust begins on the far side of despair. When all human resources are exhausted, when the craving for reassurance is stifled, when we forgo control, when we cease trying to manipulate God and demystify Mystery, then—at our wits’ end—trust happens within us, and the untainted cry, “Abba, into your hands I commend my spirit,” surges from the heart.

 

Honorable Mentions: Be Reconciled, July 5, 2020

Honorable Mentions: Be Reconciled, July 5, 2020

What are Honorable Mentions?  They are the quotes, book references, videos, etc that may have been brought up during Sunday’s sermon and are posted here in case somebody would like to check them out.  Please remember that all references occurred within the context of the sermon.  Sermon delivered by Pastor Bryan Hackett. 

Bible References

I Samuel 16:7; Job 30; Colossians 1:20

Quotes

Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing, Soren Kierkegaard

Let everything happen to you; beauty and terror

Just keep going. No feeling is final

–Rainer Maria Rilke

 

Some say that my teaching is nonsense.
Others call it lofty but impractical.
But to those who have looked inside themselves,
this nonsense makes perfect sense.
And to those who put it into practice,
this loftiness has roots that go deep.

I have just three things to teach:
Simplicity, Patience, Compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and in thoughts,
you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.

Lao Tzu

Other

“What to the Slave is 4th of July”, speech given by Frederick Douglass, July 4, 1852, as read by James Earl Jones (youtube link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0baE_CtU08)

 

 

Honorable Mentions: God in the Shadows. June 28, 2020

Honorable Mentions: God in the Shadows. June 28, 2020

What are Honorable Mentions?  They are the quotes, book references, videos, etc that may have been brought up during Sunday’s sermon and are posted here in case somebody would like to check them out.  Please remember that all references occurred within the context of the sermon.  Sermon delivered by Pastor Bryan Hackett. 

Bible References

Matthew 7:14; Ecclesiastes 1:1-11; Luke 10:21; 1 Corinthians 13; 2 Kings 5

Songs Referenced

“The First Cut is the Deepest,” Cat Stevens (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBccr-aLu4I)

“The End,” The Beatles (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tvSvjpcBuo)

Quotes

“We must love something deeply to know its soul.”   “A Communion of Subjects”, Richard Rohr, June 26, 2020 (https://cac.org/a-communion-of-subjects-2020-06-26/)

“Late have I loved you, beauty so old and so new: late have I loved you. And see,
you were within and I was in the external world and sought you there, and in my
unlovely state I plunged into those lovely created things which you made. You were
with me, and I was not with you. The lovely things kept me far from you, though if
they did not have their existence in you, they had no existence at all. You called and
cried out loud and shattered my deafness. You were radiant and resplendent, you
put to flight my blindness. You were fragrant, and I drew in my breath and now
pant after you. I tasted you, and I feel but hunger and thirst for you. You touched
me, and I am set on fire to attain the peace which is yours.”–Augustine of Hippo

 

God speaks to each of us as he makes us,
then walks with us silently out of the night.
These are the words we dimly hear:
You, sent out beyond your recall,
go to the limits of your longing.
Embody me.
Flare up like a flame
and make big shadows I can move in.
Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.
Don’t let yourself lose me.
Nearby is the country they call life.
You will know it by its seriousness.
Give me your hand.–Rainer Maria Rilke

 

Honorable Mentions: Divine Love, the Source of Right Action/Moved with Compassion, June 21, 2020

Honorable Mentions: Divine Love, the Source of Right Action/Moved with Compassion, June 21, 2020

What are Honorable Mentions?  They are the quotes, book references, videos, etc that may have been brought up during Sunday’s sermon and are posted here in case somebody would like to check them out.  Please remember that all references occurred within the context of the sermon.  Sermon delivered by Pastor Bryan Hackett. 

Bible References

John 5:19; John 10:30; Mark 4:35-41; Colossians 1:27; John 2:15; Mark 6:34; Luke 7:1-10; Luke 23:34; Matthew 5:45.

Article Referenced/Read

“Freedom to Love,” by Fr. Richard Rohr, https://cac.org/freedom-to-love-2020-06-16/

Video Referenced

Honorable Mentions: Jesus Came to Throw Down, June 14, 2020

Honorable Mentions: Jesus Came to Throw Down, June 14, 2020

What are Honorable Mentions?  They are the quotes, book references, videos, etc that may have been brought up during Sunday’s sermon and are posted here in case somebody would like to check them out.  Please remember that all references occurred within the context of the sermon.  Sermon delivered by Pastor Bryan Hackett. 

Bible References

Luke 12:49-52; Isaiah 33; Proverbs 21:13; Luke 12:49; Matt 10:34

Other quotes

“God is biased towards the poor.”-Desmond Tutu

“I say it with a sad sense of the disparity between us. I am not included within the pale of this glorious
anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings
in which you, this day, rejoice, are not enjoyed in common. — The rich inheritance of justice, liberty,
prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that
brought life and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth [of] July is yours, not
mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn.”  Frederick Douglass, in a speech given July 4, 1852.

Video Referenced

This video does contain strong language:

Honorable Mentions: The Madness of Surrender, June 7, 2020

Honorable Mentions: The Madness of Surrender, June 7, 2020

What are Honorable Mentions?  They are the quotes, book references, videos, etc that may have been brought up during Sunday’s sermon and are posted here in case somebody would like to check them out.  Please remember that all references occurred within the context of the sermon.  Sermon delivered by Pastor Bryan Hackett. 

Bible References

Hebrews 5:7-10; Luke 22:39-46; Mark 10:17-25; Song of Solomon 8:7; Luke 6:46.

Other Quotes

Hafiz says, “How can you walk the true path, unless you step out of your own nature?” This is the paradox he embodied. His poems are entirely natural, and yet they’ve stepped over the boundary into a madness of surrender.–Coleman Barks, translator, The Illuminated Hafiz