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Lenten Gardening Tips from Jesus

Sermon for Friends Congregational Church “Lenten Gardening Tips from Jesus” Delivered by Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon Second Sunday of Lent March 1, 2015 Mark 8:31-38 Mother Teresa writes: “I know that it is impossible to relieve the world’s suffering unless God’s people are willing to surrender to God, to make sacrifices, and to suffer [...]

Walking Back to Goodness

Sermon for Friends Congregational Church “Walking Back to Goodness” Delivered by Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon First Sunday of Lent National Preach-in on Global Warming February 22, 2015 Mark 1:9-15 First of all, let me say thank you to all of you, my church family, for being so supportive of me running in the half [...]

The Jesus Conspiracy

Sermon for Friends Congregational Church “The Jesus Conspiracy” Delivered by Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon February 08, 2015 Mark 1:29-39 He was a rising star, a growing sensation.  News about him was spreading throughout the region.  People saw him cast out demons—bust ghosts—and they loved it!  And he didn’t know what to do with his [...]

Truth: We Need Jesus

Sermon for Friends Congregational Church “Truth: We Need Jesus” Delivered by Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon February 01, 2015 Mark 1:21-28 Beloved community, I need to warn you about something.  This morning I intend to talk about Jesus.  Now, I know that we are a progressive house of faith, that we are a mosaic of [...]

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 [...]