But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

Category: Honorable Mentions

Honorable Mentions: Christianity and Unknowing, August 11, 2019

Honorable Mentions: Christianity and Unknowing, August 11, 2019

This weekend Pastor Bryan was on vacation .  Numerous people within the body stepped up to help with the service and then we watched a video from Richard Rohr on Christianity and Unknowing.  I am including links here for those who would like to look at some of these things further.

George shared a poem from Dylan Thomas, “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night.”  Here is a link to the poem read by the poet himself:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mRec3VbH3w

Chris shared a bit from Richard Rohr’s April 24th daily meditation, titled Death Transformed before he sang.  Here is a link to that meditation for those who are interested in reading the whole thing:  https://cac.org/death-transformed-2019-04-26/.

Finally, here is a link to the video that we watched of Richard Rohr regarding Christianity and Unknowing:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnTC4NNIACk

 

Honorable Mentions: Christ in You, August 4, 2019

Honorable Mentions: Christ in You, August 4, 2019

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:  Colossians 1:24-29; Romans 8:18-19; John 10:31-34; Luke 3:34-38.

Person of Note:  Pierre Teilhard de Chardin – Here is the wikipedia link for more information on him https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Teilhard_de_Chardin

Terms of note:  Noosphere – you can think of it as “Global consciousness”, which Chardin saw as being brought to life by the Christian ideal of love. (noogenesis)

Quotes:  

Alan Watts: (referencing John 10:34) “I am a son of God,” well there’s the whole thing in a nutshell. If you read the King James Bible… You will see in italics, in front of the words “son of God,” the “son of God.” Most people think the italics are for emphasis. They’re not. The italics indicate words interpolated by the translators. You will not find that in the Greek. In the Greek it says, a son of God. 

It seems to me here perfectly plain. That Jesus has got it in the back of his mind that this isn’t something peculiar to himself.

Honorable Mentions: Reborn, July 21, 2019

Honorable Mentions: Reborn, July 21, 2019

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 3:5-7; Job 42:5-6; Exodus 32:19-20

Quotes:  First the fall, and then the recovery from the fall.  And both are the mercy of God.Julian of Norwich

 

All in the world recognize the beautiful as beautiful

Herein lies ugliness

All recognize the good as good

Herein lies evil.

Therefore

Being and non-being produce each other.

Difficulty and ease bring about each other.

Long and short delimit each other.

High and low rest on each other.

Sound and voice harmonize each other.

Front and back follow each other.

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

 

Honorable Mentions: Bigger Than Me, Higher than I, July 7, 2019

Honorable Mentions: Bigger Than Me, Higher than I, July 7, 2019

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 61:1-4; Job 36:13-15; James 1:2-8

Quotes:  First the fall, and then recovery from the fall—and both are the mercy of God–Julian of Norwich

Books:  Adam’s Return: The Five Promises of Male Initiation, by Richard Rohr https://www.amazon.com/Adams-Return-Five-Promises-Initiation/dp/082452280X/ref=sr_1_2?crid=CKB052IS74G3&keywords=adam%27s+return+the+five+promises+of+male+initiation&qid=1562858170&s=gateway&sprefix=Adam%27s+re%2Caps%2C166&sr=8-2

Story:  A Mother’s Advice

Jiun, a Shingon master, was a well-known Sanskrit scholar of the Tokugawa era. When he was young he used to deliver lectures to his brother students.

His mother heard about this and wrote him a letter:

“Son, I do not think you became a devotee of the Buddha because you desired to turn into a walking dictionary for others. There is no end to information and commentation, glory and honor. I wish you would stop this lecture business. Shut yourself up in a little temple in a remote part of the mountain. Devote your time to meditation and in this way attain true realization.”

Video:  Our Place in the Universe

Honorable Mentions: Doubt Solidly, June 30, 2019

Honorable Mentions: Doubt Solidly, June 30, 2019

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 1:5-8; James 3:13-18; Matthew 11:29

Quotes:  I talk to God but the sky is empty.–Sylvia Plath

The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.― Bertrand Russell

Doubt everything. Find your own light.–Buddha Siddhartha Guatama Shakyamuni

Doubt is the partner of faith.–Paul Tillich

The opposite of faith is not doubt. The opposite of faith is certainty.–Anne Lamott

Prayer from Thomas Merton:

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.

I do not see the road ahead of me.

I cannot know for certain where it will end.

Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.

And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.

And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it.

Therefore will I trust you always, though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.

I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

Honorable Mentions: Letting Go, June 23, 2019

Honorable Mentions: Letting Go, June 23, 2019

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 1:7-8; Malachi 2:16; Jeremiah 3:1; John 20:17

Quotes:  “Take your Christian head off, shake it wildly, and put it back on!”—Rohr, The Universal Christ

“Men at Robert’s age are often unstable.”-Edna, from the Incredibles https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/a5a0ea50-71f8-4be1-b0f1-5c8b76535730

Book References:  The Universal Christ, by Richard Rohr

 

Honorable Mentions: Only Love Can Speak Truth, une 16, 2019

Honorable Mentions: Only Love Can Speak Truth, une 16, 2019

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 15: 11-32; Exodus 1:15-20; Joshua 2:1-7; Matthew 13; Ephesians 4.

Meditation:  “She is Love” https://cac.org/she-is-love-2019-06-13/

Books:  Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine https://www.amazon.com/Revelations-Divine-Love-Short-Text/dp/0140446737/ref=sr_1_3?crid=1YWKRDHD6BB83&keywords=julian+of+norwich&qid=1561050896&s=gateway&sprefix=julian+of+n%2Caps%2C169&sr=8-3

 

Honorable Mentions: What is Truth, June 9, 2019

Honorable Mentions: What is Truth, June 9, 2019

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 23:15; John 18:37; Acts 17:26-28

Books:  Peter Rollins, How (not) to Speak of God (https://www.amazon.com/How-Not-Speak-Peter-Rollins/dp/1557255059/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2QW9XY0FJCLAC&keywords=how+not+to+speak+of+god&qid=1560443307&s=gateway&sprefix=how+not+to+speak%2Caps%2C163&sr=8-1)

Jamie Wright, The Very Worst Missionary:  A Memoir or Whatever (https://www.amazon.com/Very-Worst-Missionary-Memoir-Whatever/dp/0451496531/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Jamie+Wright&qid=1560443384&s=gateway&sr=8-1)

Quotes:  Bertrand Russell, “Why didn’t you make yourself more obvious?”

Other:  Reference was made to philosophers Immanuel Kant and John Locke.

Reference was also made to epistemology and epistemological silence. Epistemology is the theory of knowledge, especially with regard to its methods, validity, and scope. Epistemology is the investigation of what distinguishes justified belief from opinion.  Epistemological silence, as definied by Peter Rollins is, “Humbly acknowledging that we do not have concrete “knowledge” of certain realities, while holding the deep conviction of our experience—god, spirit, sense of awe and wonder.”

Honorable Mentions: It Is Good, May 12, 2019

Honorable Mentions: It Is Good, May 12, 2019

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:  Genesis 1:1-31; Revelation 21:1-15; Psalm 92:1-4

Concepts: 

Lectio Divina:  This is just a Latin term for an old monastic way of reading sacred literature.  Richard Rohr describes it this way:  With the first reading, listen with your heart’s ear for a phrase or word that stands out for you. During the second reading, reflect on what touches you, perhaps speaking that response aloud or writing in a journal. Third, respond with a prayer or expression of what you have experienced and what it calls you to. Fourth, rest in silence after the reading. 

Enuma Elish:  The Babylonian creation myth.

Imago Dei:  People in the image of god. Reflecting the beauty of creation back to him.

 

Honorable Mentions: Hope Springs Eternal, May 5, 2019

Honorable Mentions: Hope Springs Eternal, May 5, 2019

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. 

Books: Searching for Sunday—loving, leaving, and finding the church, by Rachel Held Evans.

Epilogue:  We have come to the final chapter, and I write it, appropriately enough, just before dawn on a Sunday morning. The house is quiet and the windows are dark. Dan snores in the room across the hall while I patter away at the keyboard, one last all-nighter before I finally send this book to the publisher. There’s this mockingbird that’s been singing from about midnight to three in the morning like she’s got the New York Philharmonic behind her, and I can’t for the life of me figure out what’s up with her, if singing loud into the night while the rest of the world roosts means she knows something important about the darkness that the rest of us don’t. I wonder what she sees. 

But even the mockingbird has grown silent at this dark, heavy hour when the night stretches out like an inky ocean and it’s heard to remember the colors of day. I find myself wondering if every generation of Christians has felt itself at the edge of this precipice, waiting for resurrection and worrying it might not come. Perhaps every pilgrim in search of church has wondered if it’s a lifetime of feeling his way through the dark, longing for light.

But if I’ve learned anything in this journey, both in writing this book and clumsily living its content, it’s that Sunday morning sneaks up on us—like dawn, like resurrection, like the sun that rises a ribbon at a time. We expect a trumpet and a triumphant entry, but as always, God surprises us by showing up in ordinary things; in bread, in wine, in water, in words, in sickness, in healing, in death, in a manger of hay, in a mother’s womb, in an empty tomb. Church isn’t some community you join or some place you arrive. Church is what happens when someone taps you on the shoulder and whispers in your ear, Pay attention, this is holy ground; God is here.

Even here, in the dark, God is busy making all things new.

So show up. Open every door. At the risk of looking like a fool buried with his feet facing the East or like a mockingbird singing stubbornly at the night, anticipate resurrection. It’s either just around the bend or a million miles away. Or perhaps it’s somewhere in between. Let’s find out together.

The Orthodox Heretic, by Peter Rollins:

Parables subvert this desire to make faith simple and understandable. They do not offer the reader clarity, for they refuse to be captured in the net of a single interpretation and instead demand our eternal return to their words, our wrestling with them, and our puzzling over them. (page 19, “Turning the Other Cheek”).

Quotes:

Holding to the Great Form, from Tao Te Ching

Holding to the Great Form

 All pass away.

They pass away unharmed, resting in Great Peace,

It is for food and music that the passing traveler stops.

When the Tao appears from its opening

It is so subtle, it has no taste.

Look at it, you cannot see it.

Listen, you cannot hear it.

Use it

You cannot exhaust it.