The Overture – Why Does the Christmas Story Matter?

The Holy Night, 1867, by Carl Heinrich Bloch. {{PD-1923}}

Why does the Christmas story matter?

Because Jesus was teaching spiritual freedom in a time of brutal occupation and slavery, where there was no sense of justice for oppressed peoples.

As Pastor Art notes in the sermon, “So this cute story, with animals and angels, and wise men and shepherds is at the root of a parabolic overture to a deeper and grander story of spiritual freedom and spiritual healing for all of us.”

Read the full sermon – The Overture (12-3-17)

Surpassing Worth – Pollyanna’s Glad Game and Troubled Times

Bronze statue of Pollyanna in front of the public library of Littleton, New Hampshire. CC, Davey Nin via Wikimedia.

“It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

In this sermon, Pastor Art speaks of the story of Pollyanna and her “Glad Game,” and where a positive attitude fits in when particularly horrible events occur in our society.

He says, “In our culture, being labeled Pollyanna or Pollyanna-ish is actually an insult. It means that you’re unrealistically positive , and that’s what I’m wrestling with today.”

“I have an extremely high view of humanity, as you all know: Made in the image of God; children of God; the kingdom of heaven within us — all these kinds of good things.”

“Am I being Pollyanna-ish? That’s for you to decide.”

Read the full sermon: Surpassing Worth (10-8-17)