Honorable Mentions: Cain and Abel, August 16, 2020

Honorable Mentions: Cain and Abel, August 16, 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

Genesis 4:1-16; Numbers 14:18; Jeremiah 31:29-30; Matthew 23:29-36; Hebrews 12:22-24

Quotes in the Sermon

Cain and Abel represent an archetypal sibling rivalry. And their story is meaningful even on the symbolic level as a cautionary tale of how an explosive mix of jealousy and anger can lead to fratricide. It can also be read as a calling to move from competition to cooperation and from selfishness to interdependence. Indeed: we are called to be our brother’s and sister’s keeper, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. -Carl Gregg, patheos.com

They both, in good faith, brought their best to God, but God, according to the story, “had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering had no regard.” The most compelling explanation I have heard the dynamic underlying this seemingly arbitrary divine favoritism is that the story of Cain and Abel is also about the painful transition from the semi-nomadic lifestyle that favored the skill set of sheep herders like Abel to a more settled existence that favored the skill set of farmers like Cain. From this angle, the story of Cain and Abel becomes the universally true story of the farmer “killing” the lifestyle of the semi-nomadic herder and moving to the city: -Carl Gregg, patheos.com

Book Referenced

Ishmael: A Novel, by Daniel Quinn (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000SEFH6A/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1)

Video Watched

“Man in His Arrogance,” A speech by Carl Sagan (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSrL0BXsO40)

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