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Prepare the Way

Kayla McClurg

Kayla McClurgDecember 5, 2010
Text: Matthew 3:1-12 

John, the Baptizer, was a man of the earth, clothed in elements of the earth, taking sustenance from the earth.  From the scripture’s description of him, he seems not to have been one to put on airs. He wasn’t invested in “social networking” or “moving on up.” He wasn’t trying to impress folks, yet something about his manner drew people to him—from the rural areas and the city, temple insiders as well as outsiders. Why did they come? His message was not the ever-popular “God wants you to feel good about yourself/you’re better than you think you are and deserve ever-increasing bounty/God loves you just the way you are.”

The Strange God of the Bible #3

Fred Taylor

Part 3

Fred TaylorNovember 28, 2010

Text: II Corinthians 5:14-21

My vision is 8th Day Church as a place of theological excitement. My vision is 8th Day Church alive with theological excitement. My vision is Fred Taylor alive with theological excitement.

What do I mean by theological excitement? First let me describe what I see as its absence. Here I see no height or depth but middle stuff. What shall we eat? What shall we wear? With whom, of the people we already know, shall we spend our time? What shall we talk about? This time will it be politics or sports or family news or the latest gossip? Middle stuff is predictable.


The Strange God of the Bible #2

Fred Taylor

Part 2

Fred TaylorNovember 21, 2010

Texts: Luke 15:1-2, 11-32
II Cor. 3:1-6

This is my second of three sermons on the strange God of the Bible. By strange I am referring to God as other. By other I mean other than our culture, other than our psychology, other than our politics, and other than our theology. What I am being cautious about is becoming overly familiar with God. As I said last week, every time I think I have God figured out, something presents itself that jars or even shatters my certainty.

In this sermon series I want to lay out, as best I can, how God in Jesus Christ gives us deep confidence toward the one God of the universe who is simultaneously both part of us and other than us. This is a paradox – God being part of us and other than us. This is what makes the Gospel difficult to grasp. That is why I requested this opportunity to preach for three straight Sundays to establish some building blocks for understanding this paradox which is at the heart of the Christian Gospel.

The Strange God of the Bible #1

Fred Taylor

Part 1

Fred TaylorNovember 14, 2010

Texts: Luke 15:1-7, II Cor. 3:1-6

Today and the next two Sundays I would like to speak to you about the strange God of the Bible. Another way to put it is to think of God as other. By other I mean someone or something as big as an ocean or as small as a still, small voice – some reality other than me with which I can be in relationship. I refer to this other as strange because every time I think I have God figured out something presents itself that jars or even shatters my certainty.

Prayer Is an Inside Job

Gail Arnall

October 17, 2010

Gen 32: 24
2 Timothy 3:14 -4:5
Luke 18: 1-8

For those of you who have a solid and rewarding prayer life, I encourage you to leave and go get coffee somewhere for the next 20 minutes. I don’t want anything I say to influence you and the prayer life you have. In fact, I have avoided bringing a teaching for several years because I have been questioning a lot of basic beliefs about the Christian faith and I don’t want to lead anyone into doubting a faith that they have and that is nurturing to them.

We Will Do What Is Ours to Do

Kayla McClurg

October 3, 2010

Luke 17:5-10

“Lord, increase our faith,” the apostles say to Jesus. These were the ones who had been following him closely for a good while now, long enough to know him pretty well, long enough to know about some of the dangers of following, too. They were, at this juncture, journeying toward Jerusalem—maybe that’s why they were asking for an increase in their faith. Maybe they felt the pressure building. Who knows what could happen once they reached Jerusalem? Would they be able to be faithful? Any of us would be apt to say: “Lord, increase our faith.”

Don't Be Afraid

Kayla McClurg

August 8, 2010

Luke 12:22-34

“So I tell you, don’t be afraid, little flock. Don’t worry about your lives….”

Sometimes easier said than done. We so easily fall prey to worry and anxiety. “Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S. with 19.1 million (13.3%) of the adult U.S. population (ages 18-54) affected []. And of course many, many more of us are affected by anxiety as we get older. Not to mention all those occasional episodes of free-floating unease and worry that, like a low-grade fever, sap our energy and steal our joy. Personally, I’ve always figured if you’re not, right now, worrying about something, you’re probably not paying enough attention.

Our Great Work

Tom Brown

Tom BrownAugust 1, 2010

I was traveling in France when I got word of September 11. Stephen, my host that night and I watched the towers collapse on television. Carole, when I called home could see smoke rising from the Pentagon. I was slow to grasp what was happening. A weekend stood between that day and a visit with L'Arche friends in Wambrechies, northern France.

Compassion, the Alternative Consciousness & Homelessness

Maria Barker

July 11, 2010

Deut 30:9-14
Luke 10: 25-37

I think I'm invited to talk today because the community is interested to hear what the mission group that Fred Taylor, David Hilfiker, Hayley Hathawy and I are in is up to. And I think that the 8th Day Faith Community has embraced this model of sharing the responsibility for delivering sermons because we like to try to acknowledge the gifts that we each bring from our unique experiences and perspectives. So that's what I'm going to try to do!

I'll start with the mission group.