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Sermons by Rev. Ben Daniel (Page 4)

Commissioning a Global Faith

Scripture: Matthew 28: 16-20 On the occasion of World Communion Sunday, Rev. Daniel reflects upon the history of the church’s response to this scripture, referred to as “The Great Commission” with the understanding that our faith is not limited to this one local congregation.

Pride and Patriotism

Preaching on September 11th, Rev. Ben discusses the brighter and darker sides of patriotism, and the ways in which our Christianity calls us to be citizens who recognize our country’s flaws and work to make our nation more fair, just, and caring.

Rules

In this sermon, Rev. Ben talks about the role of rules in organizations, including churches using the example of Jesus healing on the Sabbath, a violation of rules.

Necessary Divisions

Rev. Ben preaches on Jesus’ divisive statements in Luke 12:49, relating them to others who spoke the truth even when discord was likely: Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Twain, and John Steinbeck.

Holy Persistence

Rev. Ben discusses Luke’s story of prayer and persistence (Luke 11:1-13), drawing out the lessons it teaches about persistence, especially when working for justice and greater unity.

Who Is My Neighbor?

Rev. Ben discusses the parable of the Good Samaritan, showing how it calls us to see our neighbor in unexpected places, and to tear down walls between us and them so that we can build the kingdom of God together.