Author: Tisha Anderson

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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Honorable Mentions: He is Risen, April 4, 2021

Honorable Mentions: He is Risen, April 4, 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

Romans 5; Matthew 28:1-10

Quotes

― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, quote from The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956:  “Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either — but right through every human heart — and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates with the years.”

On the subject of locating evil elsewhere…“If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”

“In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future.”

“Bless you prison, bless you for being in my life. For there, lying upon the rotting prison straw, I came to realize that the object of life is not prosperity as we are made to believe, but the maturity of the human soul.”

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Honorable Mentions: Hosanna, March 28, 2021

Honorable Mentions: Hosanna, March 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.  Link to the recorded sermon is at the bottom of the page.

Bible References

Zecharaiah 9:9-10; Matthew 11:29; Luke 19:28-48

Quotes

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom. — Mart Luther King, Jr.

Also from King:  “I knew that America would never invest the necessary funds or energies in rehabilitation of its poor so long as adventures like Vietnam continued to draw men and skills and money like some demonic destructive suction tube. So I was increasingly compelled to see the war as an enemy of the poor and to attack it as such.” But King went farther, diagnosing the broader disease of militarism and violence that was endangering the soul of the United States. King said, “I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today — my own government.”

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https://youtu.be/8tYU994uzIE

Honorable Mentions: Gethsemane, March 21, 2021

Honorable Mentions: Gethsemane, March 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.  Link to the recorded sermon is at the bottom of the page.

Bible References

John 12:24; Matthew 26:36-46

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https://youtu.be/K-hu9GQE8I0