For Mothers Day, Ken shared the story of a family he knew growing up in Kelseyville. In a sense, they were a very ordinary family, but to hear their story is to understand anew the extraordinary power for good that resides in every healthy family. Ken goes on to connect [...]
In this sermon Rev. Barnes contrasts the futility of typical New Year’s resolutions with the attitudes that yield lasting changes in a person’s life. Taking examples from the recovery organizations, he looks at the critical first step: the admission that we are powerless to change some things on our own. Scripture: the Parable [...]
In this sermon, drawn from First Corinthians 2:1-10, Rev. Barnes explores a central concept of Christian theology: that being human means having flaws — making mistakes — and that we often connect most closely with the divine when we accept and understand these imperfections.
Who we are – - how we see ourselves – - both precedes and determines what we do in the world. That is the subject of Ephesians 2: 1-12 and today’s sermon. In it, Rev. Barnes examines this idea as it applied specifically to Paul and the early church and [...]
In this sermon, based on the story of the Magi (Matthew 2: 1-12), Rev. Barnes explores the difference between historical “facts” and the deeper truths we celebrate and preserve in our shared cultural legends. “Legendary truth is invention whose result is reality.” Victor Hugo