Author: Tisha Anderson

Honorable Mentions: Jesus and the Kingdom, July 25, 2021

Honorable Mentions: Jesus and the Kingdom, July 25, 2021

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.  Link to the recorded sermon is at the bottom of the page.

Bible References

Luke 4:16-21; Revelation 1; Revelation 3:20

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Honorable Mentions: Rude Awakening, July 11, 2021

Honorable Mentions: Rude Awakening, July 11, 2021

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.  Link to the recorded sermon is at the bottom of the page.

Bible References

Matthew 10:34-35; John 3:3-8; Matthew 9:36; Matthew 15:1-14

Quotes

What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sound of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants brass fronted impudence; your shout of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanks-givings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy—a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour.

But I fancy, I hear some of my audience say it is just in this circumstance that you and your brother abolitionists fail to make a favorable impression upon the public mind. Would you argue more and denounce less? Would you persuade more and rebuke less? Your cause would be much more likely to succeed.

At a time like this, scorching irony not convincing argument is needed. Oh, had I, the ability, and could I reach the nation’s ear, I would today pour out a fiery steam of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. For it is not light that is needed, but fire. It is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm. The feeling of the nation must be quickened. And the conscience of the nation must be roused. The propriety of the nation must be startled. The hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed and it’s crimes against God and man must be denounced.–Frederick Douglass

From The Message, Matthew 15:1-14

The disciples came up and asked, “Why do you tell stories?”

He replied, “You’ve been given insight into God’s kingdom. You know how it works. Not everybody has this gift, this insight; it hasn’t been given to them. Whenever someone has a ready heart for this, the insights and understandings flow freely. But if there is no readiness, any trace of receptivity soon disappears. That’s why I tell stories: to create readiness, to nudge the people toward a welcome awakening. In their present state they can stare till doomsday and not see it, listen till they’re blue in the face and not get it. I don’t want Isaiah’s forecast repeated all over again:

Your ears are open but you don’t hear a thing.
Your eyes are awake but you don’t see a thing.
The people are stupid!
They stick their fingers in their ears
so they won’t have to listen;
They screw their eyes shut
so they won’t have to look,
so they won’t have to deal with me face-to-face
and let me heal them.

“But you have God-blessed eyes—eyes that see! And God-blessed ears—ears that hear! A lot of people, prophets and humble believers among them, would have given anything to see what you are seeing, to hear what you are hearing, but never had the chance.

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Honorable Mentions: Spiritual, but not Carnal or Religious, June 27, 2021

Honorable Mentions: Spiritual, but not Carnal or Religious, June 27, 2021

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.  Link to the recorded sermon is at the bottom of the page.

Quotes

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”–C.S. Lewis

Tao 56

One who knows does not speak.
One who speaks does not know.
Close your holes, shut your doors,
Soften your sharpness, loosen your knots.
Soften your glare and merge with the everyday.

This is called mysteriously attaining oneness.

Though you cannot possess it, you are intimate with it
And at the same time, distant.
Though you cannot possess it, you are benefited by it
And harmed by it.
You cannot possess it, but are esteemed through it
And humbled by it.
Therefore the world values you.

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Honorable Mentions: The Power of Story and Mystical Experience, June 13, 2021

Honorable Mentions: The Power of Story and Mystical Experience, June 13, 2021

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.  Link to the recorded sermon is at the bottom of the page.

Bible References

Matthew 18:3; Matthew 13:10-11; Acts 10

Quotes

“you are already too old for fairytales…but someday you will be old enough to read fairytales again.”  -CS Lewis, a dedication to his goddaughter in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

The act of reading is intricately tied to empathy, because through reading we begin to understand lives and perspectives other than our own. In books, we can get to know other people, places, and times. Empathy in reading is the ability to understand and share the feelings of the protagonist, the author, of the human condition itself.

As is always the case, John Green was able to explain my thoughts about the matter much more succinctly when he said in an episode of Crash Course Literature that “reading is always an act of
empathy. It’s always an imagining of what it’s like to be someone else.” I truly believe that reading and the ability to write fosters the strongest forms of empathy. People who love to read are people who care deeply about the lives and experiences of others. This, I think, is the mystery and magic of literacy.–The World Literacy Foundation

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Honorable Mentions: An Evolution of Faith, May 30, 2021

Honorable Mentions: An Evolution of Faith, May 30, 2021

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.  Link to the recorded sermon is at the bottom of the page.

Biblical References

2 Peter 1:5-9; Job 42:1-6

Other Quotes

Tao 71

There is nothing better than to know that you don’t know.

            Not knowing, yet thinking you know—

            This is sickness.

             Only when you are sick of being sick

            Can you be cured

            The sage’s not being sick

            Is because she is sick of sickness.

            Therefore she is not sick.

St. John of the Cross and the Dark Night of the Soul-

O guiding night!
O night more lovely than the dawn!
O night that has united
the Lover with his beloved,
transforming the beloved in her Lover.

Julian of Norwich: “He did not say, ‘You shall not be perturbed, you shall not be troubled, you shall not be distressed’, but he said, ‘You shall not be overcome.’ “

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Honorable Mentions: Brooding, May 16, 2021

Honorable Mentions: Brooding, May 16, 2021

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.  Link to the recorded sermon is at the bottom of the page.

Bible References

Genesis 1:1-2; Deuteronomy 32:11

Books Referenced

The DaVinci Code, by Dan Brown and How to Die by Seneca.

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How Should We Live, Part 3: May 2, 2021

How Should We Live, Part 3: May 2, 2021

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.    Link to the recorded sermon is at the bottom of the page.

Bible References

Genesis 4:9-15; Ephesians 5:18

Quotes

“Circling around” is all we can do. Our speaking of God is a search for similes, analogies, and metaphors. All theological language is an approximation, offered tentatively in holy awe. That’s the best human language can achieve. We can say, “It’s like—it’s similar to…,” but we can never say, “It is…” because we are in the realm of beyond, of transcendence, of mystery. And we must—absolutely must—maintain a fundamental humility before the Great Mystery. If we do not, religion always worships itself and its formulations and never God.” -Richard Rohr

“In order to empathize with someone’s experience you must be willing to believe them as they see it and not how you imagine their experience to be.” Brene Brown

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Honorable Mentions: How Should We Live, part 2, April 18, 2021

Honorable Mentions: How Should We Live, part 2, April 18, 2021

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.  Link to the recorded sermon is at the bottom of the page.

Bible References

Matthew 22:37-39; Philippians 2:12; Colossians 2:8; 1 John 4:7-8; Matthew 6:19

Quotes

I do not know many Negroes who are eager to be “accepted” by white people, still less to be. loved ·by them; they, the blacks, simply don’t wish to be beaten over the head by the whites every instant of our brief passage on this planet. White people in this country will have quite enough to do in learning how to accept and love themselves and each other, and when they have achieved this-which will not be tomorrow and may very well be never-the Negro problem will no longer exist, for it will no longer be needed.–James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

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