Wednesday Sermon: Announcing a New Freedom!

Pastors have a frequent question when they begin to discover mimetic theory. “That’s great. But how does it preach?”Reverend Tom Truby shows that mimetic theory is a powerful tool that enables pastors to preach the Gospel in a way that is meaningful and refreshing to the modern world. Each Wednesday, Teaching Nonviolent Atonement will highlight his sermons as an example of preaching the Gospel through mimetic theory.In this sermon, Tom explores Jesus teaching to "love your enemies." He te … [Read more...]

7 Biblical Reasons for Churches to Be Open and Affirming

My church’s Facebook page has a picture at the top. It proudly displays members of our congregation at a gay pride parade. They smile as they hold a banner with a rainbow colored heart with the words, “Love YES! Equality YES!”We want people in our neighborhood to know that we are an Open and Affirming congregation. We proclaim the fact that God loves you, just as you are. You don’t have to become something you are not to earn God’s love. As we like to say in the United Church of Christ, “No m … [Read more...]

“Love Your Enemies”: Expanding Our Hearts Through Compassion

“Love your enemies.”I’m reflecting on this, the hardest of Jesus’s commandments, as I grieve my own nation’s policies of war, exclusion, vengeance and cruelty, policies envisioned through the lens of enmity.The lens of enmity warps our vision, inverting it so that the outside world is obscured by our inward fears. It contorts the human faces in front of us into monsters. It magnifies our own pain and obstructs that of others. It blinds us with lies.Blinded by enmity, our nation terror … [Read more...]

Smarter Than Satan: 3 Mistakes the Devil Wants You To Make

Trump political advisor Steve Bannon recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about why Donald Trump won the election. Apparently in the context of a conversation about liberal politicians and the media’s failure to perceive the new political realities, Bannon told The Hollywood Reporter that “darkness is good”. For his agenda, I presume. Then he went on to say, “Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power. It only helps us when [liberals and the media] get it wrong. When they're blind to who … [Read more...]

Wednesday Sermon: Jesus, Hell, and Managing Anger

Pastors have a frequent question when they begin to discover mimetic theory. “That’s great. But how does it preach?”Reverend Tom Truby shows that mimetic theory is a powerful tool that enables pastors to preach the Gospel in a way that is meaningful and refreshing to the modern world. Each Wednesday, Teaching Nonviolent Atonement will highlight his sermons as an example of preaching the Gospel through mimetic theory.In this sermon, Tom explains one of the most difficult passages in the Ne … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Originated in National Resistance

Forget flowers. Chocolate? Nah.Valentine’s Day is about one thing: national resistance in the name of love.Make no mistake. St. Valentine was hard core. He lived during the 3rd century, under the threat of persecution. Legend claims that the Roman Emperor prohibited young men to marry. He believed that married soldiers would be distracted by concerns for their wives and children. St. Valentine, National Resistance, and the God of Love St. Valentine rebelled against this national edict i … [Read more...]

Is the Truth Still Out There? A Live Webinar with Theologian Grant Kaplan

I wonder if you remember the motto of the hit TV series The X-Files: “The truth is out there”. It seems a bit naïve now, doesn’t it? In our post-truth world, the possibility of truth has been called into question. Like the blurring of fact and fiction on the show, we have been subjected to lies, half-truths and smoke screens from politicians, social media and news outlets. But unlike Mulder and Scully, who never lost their faith in the truth, we have begun to doubt our ability to tell the differ … [Read more...]