Monthly Archives: August 2007

The Gift • August 26, 2007

Does religion, to you, seem like just a bunch of rules to keep? Maybe that’s how you were raised — or maybe that’s just how the loudest TV preachers present it.

But Jesus gave us a better way — a life of the Spirit, not a life of rules. This sermon looks at this conflict, of law vs. Spirit.

But we’ll take it a step farther, too. Is there something about this life of the Spirit that we have, that we can offer to the world?

Eyes Wide Shut • August 19, 2007

As you read the Gospels, it’s stunning how many people just didn’t get it — they didn’t grasp the significance of Jesus’ presence with them.

What about us? Could we make the same mistake? Listen as we look at some of the signs of Jesus’ presence among us today.

Family First • August 12, 2007

This sermon looks at what, for many lgbt people, are two of the most frightening passages in the Bible.

First is the story of Adam and Eve, so popular with the God-Hates-Fags crowd. They love to chant, “Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve,” because it’s such a clever phrase — and it rhymes!

Then there’s Jesus’ hard teaching on divorce. Many of us were taught to interpret this as a strict prohibition against almost all divorce. And, for those of us who came to an understanding of our sexual orientation or gender identity late in life, and found ourselves in a divorce we hadn’t planned on, this teaching haunts us with guilt.

But did you know that those texts can be read to affirm lgbt people? Listen as we get to the heart of these passages.

This sermon was presented by Tyler Connoley, a friend and former member of Jesus MCC, and coauthor of The Children Are Free.

Mad About You • August 5, 2007

We’ve all experienced it — a sudden rush of anger, and before we know it, we’ve said deeply hurtful words that can never be taken back. Wounded, the other person lashes back, and our relationship is riven by conflict.

This sermon looks at practical strategies for anger management. We all need it!