Author: Tisha Anderson

Honorable Mentions: Guided, October 17, 2021

Honorable Mentions: Guided, October 17, 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

1 John 4:7-8; Micah 4:1-4

Quotes

In the very end, civilizations perish because they listen to their politicians and not their poets–Jonas Mekas

I am praying again, Awesome One

by Rainer Maria Rilke

English version by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy
Original Language German

I am praying again, Awesome One.

You hear me again, as words
from the depths of me
rush toward you in the wind.

I’ve been scattered in pieces,
torn by conflict,
mocked by laughter,
washed down in drink.

In alleyway I sweep myself up
out of garbage and broken glass.
With my half-mouth I stammer you,
who are eternal in your symmetry.
I lift to you my half-hands
in wordless beseeching, that I may find again
the eyes with which I once beheld you.

I am a house gutted by fire
where only the guilty sometimes sleep
before the punishment that devours them
hounds them out into the open.

I am a city by the sea
sinking into a toxic tide
I am strange to myself, as though someone unknown
had poisoned my mother as she carried me.

It’s here in all the pieces of my shame
that now I find myself gain.
I yearn to belong to something, to be contained
in an all-embracing mind that sees me
as a single thing.
I yearn to be held
in the great hands of your heart–
oh let them take me now.

Into them I place these fragments, my life,
and you, God — spend them however you want.

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Honorable Mentions: Compassionate, October 3, 2021

Honorable Mentions: Compassionate, October 3, 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

Galatians 6:7-10; Ecclesiastes 11:4-6; John 5:1-15

Other Quotes

Most of his life, Gandhi opposed social injustice and worked towards improving the conditions of minority
groups (this included the untouchables, women and several others). He accepted the caste system on a
spiritual level but did not accept its social implications. Since the caste system was not morally right, Gandhi
fought for the rights of the untouchables and, as a result, got the discrimination against them outlawed. This
included all discrimination in all levels of the caste system. Gandhi respected all living things and died
supporting morality.–The Caste System and Gandhi – Morality (weebly.com)

Book Referenced

The Soul of Money, by Lynne Twist (https://www.amazon.com/Soul-Money-Transforming-Your-Relationship/dp/0393353974/ref=sr_1_1?crid=NNZG1OTM7TG6&dchild=1&keywords=the+soul+of+money&qid=1633365549&sprefix=the+soul+of+money%2Caps%2C207&sr=8-1)

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Honorable Mentions: Finding Quiet Strength, September 5, 2021

Honorable Mentions: Finding Quiet Strength, September 5, 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

Philippians 4:6; Luke 10:38-42

Video Referenced

Neo says No (referenced but not shown) https://youtu.be/xsYierkdxaI

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Honorable Mentions: A Confident Lie, August 29, 2021

Honorable Mentions: A Confident Lie, August 29, 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

Hebrews 10; Isaiah 42:3; Luke 12:57; Isaiah 30

Essay Shared

The Triumph of Stupidity–Bertrand Russell https://russell-j.com/0583TS.HTM

Video Shared

Mike Tyson on Crying before a fight, interview with William Shatner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5_tPJohfA8

Recorded Sermon

Honorable Mentions: Out of the Abundance of the Heart, August, 22, 2021

Honorable Mentions: Out of the Abundance of the Heart, August, 22, 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 12:33-37; Matthew 15:10-20

Quotes Shared

“It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.”–Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence, but also internal violence of spirit.  You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.”–Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.  Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”–Rumi

Video of Message

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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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