Jesus—”Be NOT prepared.” A deep spiritual insight is presented here; the only way to be prepared for the ventures of our lives is to be completely unprepared, totally dependent, walking by faith–with just a few instructions on how to handle the inhospitable people we meet on the way.
At this very moment, all I need to do to experience joy and sadness at the same time is to turn my attention towards an unfolding experience in the life of my extended family. There they are, waiting for me, smiles and tears, exuberance and grief, lots of pain and compathy, lots of gratitude and amazement; all swirling around and within me. Do you want to see what this looks like?
From the mid 70’s to the mid 90’s, my preaching ministry occasionally focused on the reading, thinking and experience that first convinced me that spirituality and science both contributed essential knowledge and wisdom to my search to understand reality–to know God and what God requires of us. Caring for the creation, protecting the future of our children and living justly and abundantly grow out of knowing the truth revealed by both disciplines. These sermons from up to four decades ago also illuminate the fact that for a long time humanity has known and ignored the truth that could have headed off many of the predicaments that are currently threatening the entire earth community.
The first two sermons in this series, preached in the mid 80’s, were written to discern and teach myself and my congregation in Littleton, Massachusetts the Biblically grounded and Christ-centered process by which difficult moral decisions are made. The rest of the sermons represent just a few of my many attempts, throughout 40 years of preaching nearly every Sunday, to grapple with the ethical issues confronting me personally, my people and our country. I want my readers to know that in every case my message was based on weeks and even months of study and prayer. Christians, to say nothing of citizens, need to do their homework, which is both intellectual, spiritual and experiential.
In my book, “God Is Just Love; Building Spiritual Resilience and Sustainable Communities for the Sake of Our Children and the Creation,” any and all moral conclusions you will find required even more homework. Those seeking to speak about the things of God are permitted mistakes but there is no excuse for carelessness.
God Is … LOVE!
An original poem by Traces of God Ministries.
The mis-use and mis-interpretation, of the creation stories in Genesis has had a tragic impact on the way humanity has mis-treated our planetary home. Domination rather than stewardship became has been the guiding force of a human-centered rather than creation-centered abuse of the earth’s resources and diverse life-forms. Similar mis-interpretation of the Genesis 1-11 stories has also promoted a life-diminishing understanding of and relationship with God. These sermons are based on a dedicated and demanding effort to revisit the stories and see within them a God of whom it can certainly be said, “God Is Just Love.”
The original miracle upon which the “Follow Me” story is grounded, occurred to a man named Vernon Slattery a relatively long time ago. Very briefly told, he wanted to die. He should have died. He did not.
Here you will find two sections of my upcoming book, God Is Just Love, Ready, Our Children! To Find Hope, To Be Love, In a Future of Perils, that illustrate two specific ways that I have found truth from Christ centered spirituality and from science converging. The first is rather brief and relates to convergent truth concerning “The Way Things Are,” “Ultimate Reality,” “God.” The second is a full chapter on how physics and spirituality view time.
This sermon series in 2 parts had a very specific context. Following the 2016 Presidential election, as dark forces divided America into two nearly armed camps, determined to despise and destroy each other, I found the fear and hostility all around me to be literally sickening. I finally found the good sense and the emotional courage to take the dis-ease to God in prayer. These sermons tell the story of that encounter with God in the depths of prayer; and how that encounter changed my behavior—towards being a peacemaker—and healed my disease.
Friends, the message in these sermons is still critical to your personal physical and spiritual health and the unity of a perilously sick society. The time for things to change within and among us is, NOW.