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Honorable Mentions: Knowing God, February 28, 2021

Honorable Mentions: Knowing God, February 28, 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.

Bible References

1 John 4:7-8

Quotes

“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest most
uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be
strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a
nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree helping each other to one or the other of these destinations.
It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to
them, that we should conduct all of our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all
politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts,
civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke
with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.”–C.S. Lewis

“Christ is the light that allows people to see things in their fullness. The precise and
intended effect of such a light is to see Christ everywhere else. In fact, that is my
only definition of a true Christian. A mature Christian sees Christ in everything and
everyone else. That is a definition that will never fail you, always demand more of
you, and give you no reasons to fight, exclude, or reject anyone.”–Richard Rohr

Honorable Mentions: Acceptance, Becoming and Togetherness and the Naming of God, February 21, 2021

Honorable Mentions: Acceptance, Becoming and Togetherness and the Naming of God, February 21, 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.

Bible References

Ephesians 1:6; Revelation 1; Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 7:9-11; Philippians 2

Link to Sermon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJmYaBzr9vI&authuser=0

Honorable Mentions: The Unutterable Name of God, February 7, 2021

Honorable Mentions: The Unutterable Name of God, February 7, 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.

Bible References

Exodus 3:13-14; Genesis 2:7

Other References

The Buddha’s Flower Sermon https://mindfullymusing.com/2013/07/07/the-meaning-of-the-flower-sermon/#.YCQhsOhKiUk

Link to Pastor Bryan’s Sermon

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=rm&ogbl#inbox/FMfcgxwLsKGZRSzNbPRmVPmBZlWWQxfq?projector=1

Honorable Mentions: How Have the World Religions Contributed to the Good, the True and the Beautiful? January 24, 2021

Honorable Mentions: How Have the World Religions Contributed to the Good, the True and the Beautiful? January 24, 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 Sermon Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOhC_hKL0O8&feature=youtu.be

Golden Rule Quotes

Christianity: Matthew 7:12:  In everything, do unto others what you would have them do to you. For this sums up the law and the prophets.

Buddhism: Udanavarga 5:18 Do not offend others as you would not want to be offended.

Islam: Prophet Muhammad None of you are true believers until you love for your brother what you love for yourself.

Judaism: Hillel, Talmud, Shabbat 31a What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. This is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary.

Confucianism: Analects 15:23  Tzu-kung asked, “Is there one word which can serve as the guiding principle for conduct throughout life?” Confucius said, “It is the word altruism (shu). Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you.”

Sikhism: Guru Granth Sahib, pg. 1299  I am a stranger to no one; and no one is a stranger to me. Indeed, I am a friend to all.

Taoism: T’ai Shang Kan Ying P’ien, 213–218 Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.

Jainism: Mahavira, Sutrakritanga  One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated.

Aboriginal Spirituality: Chief Dan George  We are as much alive as we keep the Earth alive.

Honorable Mentions: Safe to Shore, January 17, 2021

Honorable Mentions: Safe to Shore, January 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.

Bible Reference

Mark 4:35-41

Video Referenced

“Little Talks” by Of Monsters and Men https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IY8rOSyR5Rw

Quote

The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao;

the name that can be named is not the eternal name.

The Nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth;

the named is the mother of all things.

Meme Shared

Help your neighbour and take care of the poor and helpless. But Jesus can’t we just give money to Romans and let them do it for us? I’m gonna start over let me know where I lost you

Link to Sermon on Youtube

Honorable Mentions: The Deathbed Conversion of a Violent Insurrectionist, January 10, 2021

Honorable Mentions: The Deathbed Conversion of a Violent Insurrectionist, January 10, 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.

Bible References

Matthew 27:15-26; Luke 23:32-43

Link to Sermon Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GW_1jBs5VYs&feature=youtu.be

Honorable Mentions: Love and The Christ Light, December 20, 2020

Honorable Mentions: Love and The Christ Light, December 20, 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.

Link to Sermon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5N31tDB8po&feature=youtu.be

Scripture References

Luke 1:46b-55; Luke 1:26-38; Psalm 89

Song  Referenced

“Mary Did You Know?” (as performed by Pentatonix) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifCWN5pJGIE

Quote

Christianity can have wide differences. The Christianity of this land and the Christianity of Christ. The difference is so wide that to receive the one as good, pure and holy is of necessity to reject the other as bad, corrupt and wicked. I hate the corrupt slaveholding, women whipping, cradle-plundering, partial and hypocritical Christianity of this land. I can see no reason, but the most deceitful one, for calling the religion of this land Christianity. I look upon it as the boldest of all frauds, and the grossest of all libels. I am filled with unutterable loathing when I contemplate the religious pomp and show, together with its horrible inconsistencies that surround me.–Frederick Douglass

Prayes Quoted

O God of Elizabeth and Mary,

you visited your servants with news of the world’s redemption

in the coming of the Savior.

Make our hearts leap with joy,

and fill our mouths with songs of praise,

that we may announce glad tidings of peace,

and welcome the Christ in our midst.

Amen.

 

Ever faithful God,

through prophets and angels,

you promised to raise up a holy child

who would establish a household of peace and justice.

Open our hearts to receive your Son,

that we may open our doors

to welcome all people as sisters and brothers,

and establish your household in our time. Amen.

 

Honorable Mentions: Hope and Preparation, December 6, 2020

Honorable Mentions: Hope and Preparation, December 6, 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

Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; Mark 1:1-18

Link to Sermon

https://youtu.be/faYshg2fj68

 

Honorable Metntions: Great Mystery, November 8, 2020

Honorable Metntions: Great Mystery, November 8, 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

1 Corinthians 13; John 17:21; Galatians 3:22

Quotes

“Here in our nakedness we finally found equality.”  Author unknown, seen at Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem

“Everything begins in mysticism and ends in politics.”  Charles Peguy, French poet and writer

“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.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Plus a speech from Dr. King on “Loving Your Enemies.”  https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/loving-your-enemies-sermon-delivered-dexter-avenue-baptist-church

Other Readings

Empty your mind of all thoughts.
Let your heart be at peace.
Watch the turmoil of beings,
but contemplate their return.

Each separate being in the universe
returns to the common source.
Returning to the source is serenity.
If you don’t realize the source,
you stumble in confusion and sorrow.
When you realize where you come from,
you naturally become tolerant,
disinterested, amused,
kindhearted as a grandmother,
dignified as a king.
Immersed in the wonder of the Tao,
you can deal with whatever life brings you,
and when death comes, you are ready.–Tao Te Ching, verse 16 (more here: https://www.harinam.com/tao-te-ching-verse-16-empty-your-mind-of-all-thoughts-let-your-heart-be-at-peace-watch-the-turmoil-of-beings-but-contemplate-their-return/?doing_wp_cron=1605290112.0262470245361328125000)

 

he Reverend Wes Granberg-Michaelson, former head of the Reformed Church in America, reminds us that Jesus is the model of public virtue for all Christians. When deciding how we want to act in the public sphere, we are first called to begin with our personal experience of God’s overflowing love for all the world.

“Everything begins in mysticism and ends in politics.” [1] So wrote Charles Péguy (1873–1914), a French poet and writer who lived in solidarity with workers and peasants and became deeply influenced by Catholic faith in the last years of his life. This provocative quote identifies the foundational starting point for how faith and politics should relate.

Usually, however, we get it backward. Our temptation is to begin with politics and then try to figure out how religion can fit in. We start with the accepted parameters of political debate and, whether we find ourselves on the left or the right, we use religion to justify and bolster our existing commitments. . . .

But what if we make the inward journey our starting point? What if we recognize that our engagement in politics should be rooted in our participation in the Trinitarian flow of God’s love? Then everything changes. We are no longer guided or constrained by what we think is politically possible, but are compelled by what we know is most real. At the heart of all creation, the mutual love within the Trinity overflows to embrace all of life. We are invited to participate in the transforming power of this love. There we discover the ground of our being, centering all our life and action.

This was revealed most fully in Jesus, as God’s Son. His love for enemies, his non-violent response to evil, his embrace of the marginalized, his condemnation of self-serving religious hypocrites, his compassion for the poor, his disregard for boundaries of social exclusion, his advocacy for the economically oppressed, and his certainty that God’s reign was breaking into the world all flowed from his complete, mutual participation in the Father’s love. Jesus didn’t merely show the way; he lived completely in the presence and power of God’s redeeming, transforming life.

This didn’t fit any conventional political alternative in Palestine at the time. Jesus wasn’t a Zealot, seeking the violent overthrow of an oppressive empire, although he welcomed a Zealot as his disciple, resisted and undermined the authority of political rulers, and was crucified as “King of the Jews.” He refused to identify with religious authorities who were willing to compromise their spiritual convictions to foster their collusion with imperial political power. Yet, the “politics of Jesus” presented a clear agenda for radical social and economic transformation in his time, as in ours.

All of this was rooted, however, in the incarnate participation of Jesus in the love of the Trinity. His life embodied what God’s love intends for the world and demonstrated the Spirit’s power to transform, heal, and make whole what is broken. . . .  His mysticism preceded and then accompanied his politics.-From Daily Meditations of the Center for Action and Contemplation, November 5, 2020 (Full body with references here:  https://cac.org/mysticism-precedes-politics-2020-11-05/)

Honorable Mentions: Ruminations Towards Death, November 1, 2020

Honorable Mentions: Ruminations Towards Death, November 1, 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

1 Corinthians 15:24-26; John 12; Luke 15:11-32

Song Referenced

“O Come, Angel Band” by the Stanley Brothers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_M65lcDk6o

Quotes

“First the fall, and then recovery from the fall, and both are the mercy of God.”  Julian of Norwich

Regarding the day of the dead:  On the Day of the Dead, it’s believed that the border between the spirit world and the real world dissolve. During this brief period, the souls of the dead awaken and return to the living world to feast, drink, dance and play music with their loved ones. In turn, the living family members treat the deceased as honored guests in their celebrations, and leave the deceased’s favorite foods and other offerings at gravesites or on the ofrendas built in their homes. (history.com)