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Jesus Put Us Here

Sermon for Friends Congregational Church “Jesus Put Us Here” Delivered by Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon January 25, 2015 Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Mark 1:14-20 The Duke Divinity School Professor William Willimon tells a story from his days of pastoral ministry.  He walks into a church in the inner city.  This church serves breakfast every morning [...]

Come and See the Congregation of Samuels and Elis

Sermon for Friends Congregational Church “Come and See the Congregation of Samuels and Elis” Delivered by Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon January 18, 2015 1 Samuel 3:1-10; John 1:43-51 Jesus has already picked up Andrew and his brother Simon Peter.  Now Jesus goes to Galilee, finds a guy named Philip, and says, “Follow me.” Sometimes [...]

The Free Speech of God’s Beloved

Sermon for Friends Congregational Church “The Free Speech of God’s Beloved” Delivered by Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon January 11, 2015 Mark 1:4-11; Acts 19:1-7 One: The Word of God for the people of God. Many: God is still speaking. Thanks be to God! Speaking of which, and friend of mine and I were talking [...]

From Concept to Conception: Embodying the Word

Sermon for Friends Congregational Church “From Concept to Conception: Embodying the Word” Delivered by Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon January 4, 2015 Luke 1:10-18 For all of you church liturgy buffs, a quick pop quiz: In the Christian calendar year, is today the Second Sunday after Christmas or is it Epiphany Sunday?  Technically, today is [...]

Emersonian Poets, Philosophers, and Saints

Sermon for Friends Congregational Church “Emersonian Poets, Philosophers, and Saints” Delivered by Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon December 28, 2014 Luke 2:22-40 Transcript coming soon…

What Exactly Are We Celebrating?

Sermon for Friends Congregational Church “What Exactly Are We Celebrating?” Delivered by Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon December 21, 2014 Luke 2:1-14 It’s Christmas Eve.  Wasn’t it Thanksgiving just three days ago?  Maybe it’s just my clergy perspective of Advent and Christmas being filled with busyness, but I think we can all relate to the [...]

Pondering with Joy and Thanksgiving

Sermon for Friends Congregational Church “Pondering with Joy and Thanksgiving” Delivered by Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon December 21, 2014 Luke 1:26-38 Today is the Fourth Sunday of Advent.  That’s something to celebrate, right?  But what probably speaks louder and clearer to us this morning is the fact that there’s four days left until Christmas.  [...]

This is Just the Beginning

Sermon for Friends Congregational Church “This is Just the Beginning” Delivered by Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon December 7, 2014 Mark 1:1-8 The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  That’s the first verse of the first chapter of Mark’s gospel.  Biblical scholars contend that Mark was the first gospel [...]

Enlighten Our Eyes

Sermon for Friends Congregational Church “Enlighten Our Eyes” Delivered by Rev. Katherine Doehring November 23, 2014 Matthew 25:31-46 Transcript coming soon…

Committing to Restorative Justice

Sermon for Friends Congregational Church “Committing to Restorative Justice” Delivered by Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon November 16, 2014 Matthew 25:14-30 John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church, preached a sermon titled, “On the Use of Money,” where he asserted that “if you make and save all that you can honestly, but do not [...]