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!!

Recorded Sermon

 

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