United Congregational Christian Church

  • What Does It Mean? [Sermon]

    Jesus was a Jewish teacher who was alive during the life of Shammai, the teacher the Talmud passage mentioned, and may have even studied with him. So I think we can use the teachings of Jesus and other Jewish teachers to illuminate what Jesus taught.

  • How Does Your Light Shine [Sermon]

    Think about how humans have produced light. At one point, we relied on fusion reactors. Stars. I’m talking about stars. In the day, there was the star we call the sun. In the night, we had stars as well. We also had things that reflected the light of stars: planets (which we thought were also…

  • Who Will Go for Us [Sermon]

    We don’t have to be perfect, just good enough, and to know that with God, we can do what we are called to do.

  • Can the Spirit be Rekindled? [Sermon]

    Have any of you ever had a campfire or fire pit? When you put the fire out, what do you have to do? You pour water on it, and you stir the coals, and see whether it is still hot and, if so, you repeat the above steps until it is cool. If you had…

  • Is Your Pastor the Ultimate Authority? [Sermon]

    One Sunday, perhaps before I even went to seminary, I was filling in for my pastor. And I preached a sermon that I thought was pretty clever, and even had a twist that I hoped would make people think. And the next Sunday, our music director came up to me.She said “Cindi! Cindi! Cindi!” I…

  • Gentile Baptism [Sermon]

    Anytime we feel a bit “holier than thou” we need to remember that we are not the originators of the faith.

  • Black Queer Baptism [Sermon]

    Companies sometimes have sweepstakes in which you can win a prize. They once required mail-in entries, but these days they often prefer entering online, where they can get your address, phone umber, and email address, along with you proving you’re not a robot and checking a box agreeing to contest rules. And the contest rules…

  • Not a Ghost! [Sermon]

    The Bible is not here to be believed: it is here to help us believe.

  • And They Said Nothing to Anyone, for They Were Afraid [Sermon]

    I recently read a story about pets. A woman saw her dog had been out digging, and he came back to the house with something in its mouth. When she got the dog to release it, she found it was a rabbit. The rabbit was completely lifeless, but there was no blood. Just dirt. With…

  • How Can a Leader Be Humble? [Sermon]

    There’s a somewhat famous movie synopsis taken from a television listing: (8-10p.m., TCM) Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first person she meets and then teams up with three strangers to kill again. It’s accurate, but not how we usually understand the movie. This was written in 1998 by Rick Polito…

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