We say that a difficult person “has issues with authority.” We challenge a decision we find suspect with the query, “by whose authority?” A man who takes charge is praised as a leader while often, an equally assured woman is considered bossy. So, who is the boss? Is having a boss bad? Maybe we all have issues with authority. In this sermon delivered on February 16, 2014, Reverend Danny Reed talks talk about it.
Our book this week is Here If You Need Me: A True Story by Kate Braestrup. Here If You Need Me is the story of Kate Braestrup’s remarkable journey from grief to faith to happiness. It is dramatic, funny, deeply moving, and simply unforgettable, an uplifting account about finding God through helping others, and the tale of the small miracles that occur every day when life and love are restored.
To commemorate Darwin Week in Charleston, Reverend Danny Reed explores the tension between scientific discovery and religious aspiration. Must the two be in conflict? Why is this still an issue? This sermon was delivered on February 9, 2014.
Of course our book this time has to be The Origin Of Species by Charles Darwin. The edition we are linking to here is the 150th anniversary edition. This is the classic that exploded into public controversy, revolutionized the course of science, and continues to transform our views of the world.
With this service on Sunday, February 2, 2014, we launch this year’s stewardship season and consider again how we support our church and how our church supports us. What do we dream for our church? For our families? For our world? What are we doing to make these dreams possible? Delivered by Reverend Danny Reed.
Our recommendation this week is for The Generosity Path: Finding the Richness in Givingby Mark V Ewert. Financial giving can be its own spiritual path. We have a deep potential for meaning-making and life satisfaction when we look to grow from being occasional, haphazard donors to deliberate, ambitious ones–the life-changing transition from donor to philanthropist. With easy-to-read guidance, The Generosity Path sheds new light on our finances–connecting money to our values, beliefs, and loves–promoting skills and strategies in charitable giving. Starting from a very personal place, it helps readers to find clarity in their own experience and then focus on their areas of passion to build a plan of action. Inspiring personal stories help demonstrate the development of financial generosity, the challenges involved, and the deeper benefits we all might expect from being more intentional with our giving. Creative tools for reflection and practice guide readers’ progress. This practical yet wise volume also features information about collective giving in a community setting, family, or giving circle. Ideal for religious and civic organizations, The Generosity Path includes a discussion guide for group use.
In the last of three sermons generally addressing “creation,” Reverend Danny looks to author Anne Lamott and her latest book, “Stitches,” to remind us of how we attempt and evolve, fail and grow, heal and learn. Of what fabrics, patches and remnants are our lives made? This sermon was delivered by the Reverend Danny Reed on January 26, 2014.
Our recommendation this week is drawn from the sermon and is Anne Lamott’s Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair.In her latest whirling, fuming, blunt, wise, and funny book of homilies Lamott combines exasperation and sorrow over perpetual and universal suffering with a stubborn belief in the possibility of meaning, solace, and mending. She asks how we can even begin to seek coherence when children are massacred in their schools and polar bears are “floating out to sea on scraps of ice.” All we can do is what needs to be done.