Sermon of August 28, 2011–“Shaped, Not Sheltered”

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Wow, there were a LOT of sources consulted on this one–conversations with friends, Karl Barth’s Romans and John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Relgion for starters. The information about honesty, giving, and trustworthiness comes from Robert Putnam’s Bowling Alone. The information on possible causes for the London Riots came from a few sources–a couple of news radio programs from the BBC and NPR as well as this article from Scientific American.

My sermon is Shaped, Not Sheltered.

Romans 12:9-21:

9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honour. 11Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. 17Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 18If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’ 20No, ‘if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.’ 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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