Author: Tisha Anderson

Honorable Mentions: Diamonds for Clay, May 31, 2020

Honorable Mentions: Diamonds for Clay, May 31, 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

Galatians 2:20; Romans 12:2; 1 John 4:7; John 3:3; Isaiah 28:13; Ecclesiastes 1:14

Quotes

“Jesus did not come to change the mind of God about humanity. Jesus came to change the mind of humanity about God.” That’s it in a word. And that there was no transaction necessary. There was not a blood sacrifice necessary. Now, I know when you say that people feel like you’re taking away their faith, because many people have based their whole understanding of Jesus on this paying of a blood debt, a blood sacrifice. Here’s the problem, and I’m sure you’ve already figured it out, although many people didn’t for some reason. The ordinary atonement theory doesn’t say much good about God. God the father, as we would call him in Christian theology. That there is not an inherent love of what God created, that God is, excuse my French, but God is pissed off. And we see this in a lot of vocabulary and hymnology. The word wrath commonly used, the wrath of God.”  Richard Rohr

 

“Certain conditions continue to exist in our society, which must be condemned as vigorously as we condemn riots. But in the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the Negro poor has worsened over the last few years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice, equality and humanity. And so in a real sense our nation’s summers of riots are caused by our nation’s winters of delay. And as long as America postpones justice, we stand in the position of having these recurrences of violence and riots over and over again. Social justice and progress are the absolute guarantors of riot prevention.” (Emphasis added)  Martin Luther King, Jr.

Poems

Both by Hafiz:

Manic Screaming

We should make all spiritual talk
Simple today:

God is trying to sell you something,
But you don’t want to buy.

That is what your suffering is:
Your fantastic haggling,
Your manic screaming over the price!

 

            We are the whirling ecstatics

            Who have let our hearts go to the wild.

            We are the musty scholars of love,

            And old friends of the cup of heaven.

 

            People have aimed the arrow

            Of guilt a hundred times

            In our direction.

 

            It is through you that our work goes on at all;

            Oh, teacher of the way, please throw us a glance.

          Let’s be clear about it; we have fallen off the path.

 

 

Honorable Mentions: Ask, Seek, Knock, May 24, 2020

Honorable Mentions: Ask, Seek, Knock, May 24, 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

Jeremiah 29:11-13; Jeremiah 29:22-23; Jeremiah 30:12-17; Jeremiah 32:41; Matthew 7:7

Songs Referenced

Go tell that long tongue liar
Go and tell that midnight rider
Tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut ’em down…God’s gonna cut ’em down by Johnny Cash (full video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJlN9jdQFSc)

Quotes and Other References

“Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing.”–Soren Kierkegaard

Rene Girard and the Scapegoat Mechanism (Link to further discussion on this: (https://violenceandreligion.com/mimetic-theory/)

Honorable Mentions: Oh Great, More Suffering!, May 17, 2020

Honorable Mentions: Oh Great, More Suffering!, May 17, 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

James 1:2; John 13:36-38; Colossians 1:24; Genesis 25:19 (the beginning of the story of Jacob and onward); 2 Corinthians 12:7; The Book of Job; Romans 8:28

Quotes

“Do I contradict myself?  Very well, then I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes.”–Walt Whitman

Honorable Mentions: Mothers’ Day Musings, May 10, 2020

Honorable Mentions: Mothers’ Day Musings, May 10, 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

Luke 2:25-34; Mark 2:16-17; Matthew 18:3; Luke 12:32; Isaiah 11:6-9

Quotes

William Blake, “the two contrary states of the human soul.” from The Songs of Innocence and Experience (https://www.amazon.com/Songs-Innocence-Experience-1789-1794-Paperbacks/dp/0192810898/ref=sr_1_1?crid=28VESLWUUXG5Y&dchild=1&keywords=the+songs+of+innocence+and+experience&qid=1590182578&sprefix=the+songs+of+inno%2Caps%2C218&sr=8-1)

 

“Sin boldly, but believe even more boldly.”  Martin Luther

Don’t let your heart be hardened
Don’t let your love grow cold
May it always stay so childlike
May it never grow too old
Don’t let your heart be hardened
May you always know the cure
Keep it broken before Jesus
Keep it thankful, meek and pure–Petra  (Music audio here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMbZbABlKqk)

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

“Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” by Robert Robinson.  The story behind the song is here: https://www.staugustine.com/article/20150917/LIFESTYLE/309179974

Honorable Mentions: Awesome Wonder, Things Too Wonderful for Me, May 3, 2020

Honorable Mentions: Awesome Wonder, Things Too Wonderful for Me, May 3, 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

Psalm 139:1-6; Job 42:3; Proverbs 30:18-19; James 4:8-10; Colossians 1:15-17

Book Referenced

“I have prayed for years for one good humiliation a day, and then, I must watch my reaction to it.  I have no other way of spotting both my denied shadow self and my idealized persona.”

Falling Upward, by Richard Rohr (https://www.amazon.com/Falling-Upward-Spirituality-Halves-Life/dp/0470907754/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=)

Video Referenced

Powers of Ten as narrated by Morgan Freeman (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44cv416bKP4)

Quotes

                                   All becomes eternal. See: In the Mona Lisa

                                    some woman has long since ripened like wine,

                                    and the enduring feminine is held there

                                    through all the ages.–Rilke

Honorable Mentions: Meaning and Rest, April 26, 2020

Honorable Mentions: Meaning and Rest, April 26, 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

Matthew 11:28-29; 1 Corinthians 2:2; John 14:6

Books

The Seven Storey Mountain, by Thomas Merton. (https://www.amazon.com/Seven-Storey-Mountain-Thomas-Merton/dp/0156010860/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1588350329&sr=8-1)

Oh, Where all day long your eyes must turn, again and again, to the House that hides the Sacramental Christ! [body and blood represented in wine and bread]

 I did not even know who Christ was, that He was God. I had not the faintest idea that there existed such a thing as the Blessed Sacrament. I thought churches were simply places where people got together and sang a few hymns. And yet now I tell you, you who are now what I once was, unbelievers, it is that Sacrament, and that alone, the Christ living in our midst, and sacrificed by us, and for us and with us, in the clean and perpetual Sacrifice, it is He alone Who holds our world together, and keeps us all from being poured headlong and immediately into the pit of our eternal destruction. And I tell you there is a power that goes forth from that Sacrament, a power of light and truth, even into the hearts of those who have heard nothing of Him and seem to be incapable of belief.

Quotes

No amount of falls will really undo us if we keep on picking ourselves up each time. We shall of course be very muddy and tattered children by the time we reach home. But the bathrooms are all ready, the towels put out, and the clean clothes are in the airing cupboard. The only fatal thing is to lose one’s temper and give it up. It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present to us: it is the very sign of his presence.”

– C.S. Lewis, in a letter to Mary Neylan, January 20, 1942

So if I stand let me stand on the promise

That you will pull me through

And if I can’t, let me fall on the grace

That first brought me to You

And if I sing let me sing for the joy

That has born in me these songs

And if I weep let it be as a man

Who is longing for his home – Richard Mullins, “If I Stand” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Jj0ZTzgmGM)

“Return to Innocence,” Enigma https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rk_sAHh9s08)

I believe in the Kingdom come
Then all the colors will bleed into one
Bleed into one
But yes, I’m still running
You broke the bonds
and you loosened chains
carried the cross of my shame, of my shame
You know I believe it
But I still haven’t found
What I’m looking for

“Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” – U2, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rk_sAHh9s0)

Honorable Mentions: A Quiet Place, April 19, 2020

Honorable Mentions: A Quiet Place, April 19, 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

Psalm 91; Habakkuk 2:20; Isaiah 55:9; Revelation 2:29; Job 40:4-5

Other Quotes:

“The most basic spiritual practice is learning silence.  Practicing silence is an act of faith precisely because one cannot know for certain that anything is to be gained from it.  It might be a waste of that most precious commodity: time.”–Tim Muldoon, from Ignatian Spirituality (https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/silence/)

“Silence is a gateway to the soul, and the soul is the gateway to God.” Benedictine Christopher Jamison of Worth Abbey (found in the above linked article by Tim Muldoon).

“The fruit of silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service, the fruit of service is peace.”–Mother Teresa

 

 

Honorable Mentions: Trust the Rising, April 12, 2020

Honorable Mentions: Trust the Rising, April 12, 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

John 20; Proverbs 4:18; Luke 22:14-16

Quotes

Even for a Christian anarchist, Leo Tolstoy’s reading of the Bible was unusual. When he ‘converted’ to Christianity near his 50th birthday, he did not embrace the orthodox Christianity of the traditional church. For him, Jesus was no ‘son of God’, nor did he perform any supernatural miracles. Tolstoy was convinced that these superstitious stories in the Bible had been added by the church in order to keep ‘Christians’ hypnotised enough to ensure that they did not question the unjustifiable compromise that the church had reached with the state. He was convinced that an honest and full application of Christianity could only lead to a stateless and churchless society, and that all those who argued the contrary were devious hypocrites.–http://dwardmac.pitzer.edu/Anarchist_Archives/bright/tolstoy/chrisanar.htm

Honorable Mentions: Humble Pie, April 5, 2020

Honorable Mentions: Humble Pie, April 5, 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:

Matthew 21:1-10; Matthew 11:29; 2 Kings 5:1-19

Quotes:

“re-examine all you have been told in school or church or in any book, and dismiss whatever insults your own soul; and your very flesh shall be a great poem, and have the richest fluency, not only in its words, but in the silent lines of its lips and face, and between the lashes of your eyes, and in every motion and joint of your body.”–Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass.

Prayer:

God of wilderness and water,

your Son was baptized and tempted as we are.

Guide us through this season,

that we may not avoid struggle,

but open ourselves to blessing,

through the cleansing depths of repentance

and the heaven-rending words of the Spirit. Amen.

Honorable Mentions: Light is about…, March 29, 2020

Honorable Mentions: Light is about…, March 29, 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:

Philippians 12:7; 1 Corinthians 15:14; John 19:25; Matthew 28:10; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9.

Quotes:

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.”–Rick Warren,  A Purpose Driven Life

Devotion:

Here is Richard Rohr’s devotion for the Second Scrutiny: “Light is About Seeing Correctly.”  The link includes a list of the major themes identified by Fr. Rohr in the story of John 9.  https://blog.franciscanmedia.org/franciscan-spirit/lent-with-richard-rohr-light-is-about-seeing-correctly

Other Topics:

The ‘Scrutinies’ are a Catholic ritual for those awaiting baptism.–The scrutinies, which are solemnly celebrated on Sundays and are reinforced by an exorcism, are rites for self-searching and repentance and have above all a spiritual purpose.  The scrutinies are meant to uncover, and then heal all that is weak, defective, or sinful in the hearts of the elect; to bring out, then strengthen all that is upright, strong, and good.  For the scrutinies are celebrated in order to deliver the elect from the power of sin and Satan, to protect them against temptation, and to give them strength in Christ, who is the way, the truth, and the life.  These rites, therefore, should complete the conversion of the elect and deepen their resolve to hold fast to Christ and to carry out their decision to love God above all.

               https://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Lent/scrutiny-1.html

Prayer

Discerner of hearts,

you look beneath our outward appearance

and see your image in each of us. 

Banish in us the blindness that prevents us from recognizing truth,

so we may see the world through your eyes

and with the compassion of Jesus Christ who redeems us.

Amen.