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


“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.


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.



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