Recent Sermons

March 9, 2014 – “Jesus, Teacher Not Savior”

Ken weaves a Tale of Two Ministers — “Holy Hubert,”  a fire-and-brimstone soapbox preacher who was once a fixture on  the Cal campus; and Robin Meyers,  the author of this year’s Lenten Study book — to explore two very different understandings of Jesus.  Scripture Matthew 5:21-26.

March 23, 2014 “Christianity as Compassion Not Condemnation”

Rev. Thom Longino is Associate Night Minister at the San Francisco Night Ministry. In this sermon he draws on his experience working with street people to explore the true meaning of compassion.  Scripture:  Luke 6:27-38.

March 2, 2014 “If You’re So Smart, How Come You Can’t . . . ?”

Ken explores the nature of temptation and how to deal with it. Sometimes, as in Matthew 4: 1-11, they’re big and dramatic, but in our lives they’re more likely to start as tiny, seemingly harmless invitations to take the easy way that grow over time to soul-destroying magnitude.

February 16, 2014 “Rethinking Retirement”

Starting from the the story of Jesus recruiting the Apostles to change their career paths (John 1:29-42) Ken explores what “Retirement” really means in our modern age. Perhaps “Encore” is a more fitting description, especially when we consider how often it can be more meaningful and rewarding than our  ”Act [...]

February 9, 2014 – “Baby Talk”

Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth, urging them to grow up! (1 Corinthians 3: 1-9) . . . a noisy baby (and his noisier parents) disturbing the peace of Ken’s favorite Berkeley coffee shop . . . and the work of our Search Committee.  The dots connect to paint [...]

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