Author: Tisha Anderson

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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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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Honorable Mentions: This is Us, March 14, 2021

Honorable Mentions: This is Us, March 14, 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 Christine Hackett.  Link to the recorded sermon is at the bottom of the page.

Bible References

John 1:1; Acts 17:24-28; Ephesians 4:3-7

Quotes

“A Mass movement readily exploits the discontent and frustration of large segments of the population which for some reason or another cannot face the responsibility of being persons and standing on their own feet. But give these persons a movement to join, a cause to defend, then they will go to any extreme, stop at no crime, intoxicated as they are by the slogans that give them a pseudo religious sense of transcending their own limitations.”–Thomas Merton on Christianity and Totalitarianism (1960)

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Honorable Mentions: Get Back Up, One More Time, March 7, 2021

Honorable Mentions: Get Back Up, One More Time, March 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.  Link to the recorded sermon is at the bottom of the page.

Bible References

Romans 12:9-20; Isaiah 55:2; Matthew 3:10

Movie Clip – From Chariots of Fire

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4e5Xfmc8zQ

Reading – From N.T. Wright:

Do we smile at this stuff? If we do, we are smiling at our own face in a mirror. Who runs our world? The politicians? Forget it. The profess themselves helpless; they are the victims of ‘forces’ beyond their control. They try to take the credit when things go well, but when things go badly the truth comes out.  It’s all a matter of economic forces. Forces? I see no forces. But they must be pretty powerful. They’ve kept us in a recession these last three or four years. They create floods of refugees, and the most powerful people in the world can’t sort them out. They have thrown millions of people out of work.  They have pushed thousands of businesses into bankruptcy. Walk through our big cities today, and in one shop doorway after another you’ll see young homeless people, begging. Who put them there? Ask any politician; ask any economist: it was economic forces, they’ll say. It was the political climate. It was the world economic situation.

Look wider. Why have we not solved the problem of Bosnia, or of Rwanda, or of Northern Ireland? We have spy satellites that tell us everything we could possibly want to know about the world. We have departments of politics and economics in universities all over the place. We have computers that can tell you anything about anything. But we can’t stop people shelling each other to bits in the snow, or driving each other from their homelands with machetes. Why not? Political powers. The post—Cold war climate. Tribal allegiances. And if we ask why it is that this planet is perfectly capable of growing enough food and distributing it to every man, woman, and child who breathes, ant yet millions of them are starving, the answer is the same. There are forces which stop us doing it.  That’s the language we ourselves use. We can’t touch and see these forces. Some of them may, for a while, come to be quite closely identified with certain human beings; but take that person away, and the force will still remain…

And Wright’s later point (from the letter to the Colossians)… Jesus took on the principalities and powers. He lived, and taught…a way of being human which challenged the powers at every point. The powers said that you should live for money. Jesus said you can’t serve God and Mammon. The powers said that Israel’s path to liberation would come through the sword. Jesus said that those who take the sword will perish by the sword. The powers said that Caesar was Lord of the world. Jesus proclaimed the kingdom of God. What did they do? The powers killed him; that’s what they do to people who challenge them. They stripped him naked and publicly humiliated him. They celebrated their triumph over him. Nobody stands up to us like that, they said, and gets away with it. You can’t beat the system.

…Paul stands all this on its head:
When you were dead in your sins, and in your physical uncircumcision, God made you alive together with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, because he blotted out the record of our legal offences: in fact, he nailed it to the cross. HE stripped the powers and authorities naked; HE made a public example of THEM; HE celebrated his triumph over THEM!!

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