Category Archives: Sermons

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)

Christianity 2.0 – Part 1: The Spark That Lights the Fire

Light Shining Through Stained Glass Window. PD Image Courtesy of Stock Photos 4 Free.

The Rev. Dr. Art Suggs started his Christianity 2.0 sermon series this way:

“As a Senior Pastor,  I am convinced that the Church Universal is in need of, and is in deed in the midst of, a new Reformation.

The Church in conversation with the world religions, and especially with the multiple branches of science, finds itself in need of an upgrade.

Redefining divinity, humanity, and the relationship between them, is now the prime directive for our time.

Previous understandings are clearly inadequate.

Therefore, my attempt at Christianity 2.0. It is time to install an upgrade .”

Oh, and Martin Luther? He had some issues with the Church and its rules in his time, too.

Read on for more intel and inspiration on Christianity 2.0 – Part 1:

Christianity 2.0 – Part 1: The Spark That Lights the Fire (11-19-17 Sermon)

Christianity 2.0 – Part 2: Changing From Battle Metaphors to Evolution

Cave entrance, Naracoorte, Australia. {PD} Burningwell.

In the second sermon in his series on Christianity 2.0. the Rev. Dr. Art Suggs (a.k.a. Pastor Art) started with a provocative excerpt from Brian McLaren’s book, A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That are Transforming the Faith.

As the title of this sermon suggests, Pastor Art’s sermon delved deeply into some of the stickier questions that confront and invite spiritual growth among contemporary Christians — including one questions that changed the life and ministry of a Michigan mega-church pastor.

Read the full Christianity 2.0 Sermon Series here (PDF)