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This podcast features homilies delivered at Douglas Congregational United Church of Christ -- a progressive, inclusive, open and affirming faith community located in Saugatuck/Douglas, Michigan. To learn more, visit https://www.douglasucc.org

Messages from Douglas UCC Douglas Congregational United Church of Christ

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.6 • 11 Ratings

This podcast features homilies delivered at Douglas Congregational United Church of Christ -- a progressive, inclusive, open and affirming faith community located in Saugatuck/Douglas, Michigan. To learn more, visit https://www.douglasucc.org

    Familiar Ways Are Hard to Give Up

    Familiar Ways Are Hard to Give Up

    Systems and Structures and Leadership! Rev. Jody, our interim pastor, shares a Pentecost message: the world was shaken, and a new world order emerged. How have we been shaken, and how will it make our foundation stronger for our future?

    • 18 min
    The Body of Christ (Rev. Lillian Daniel)

    The Body of Christ (Rev. Lillian Daniel)

    Michigan Conference minister, Rev. Lillian Daniel, author, homilist, and humorist offered this lovely interpretation of scripture and a hilarious-loving homily to illustrate the Body of Christ, with a Mother's Day message running in the current.

    • 28 min
    Identity, A Moving Target (Jody Betten)

    Identity, A Moving Target (Jody Betten)

    Rev. Jody Betten had us thinking about identity, our own, our community's, our church and its place in the world. Who do we think we are? Who do others say that we are? Who do we wish to be? What is possible for this church as we move into our future?

    • 18 min
    Destined to Repeat a History We Don’t Know (Jody Betten)

    Destined to Repeat a History We Don’t Know (Jody Betten)

    You are likely familiar with the adage, "Those who don't know their history are destined to repeat it." It may also apply to churches and the selection of their ministers. On Sunday, find out why the ham got cut in half for Easter. Find out what the Bible says about "marrying out." Consider your own personal history and how it affects your present (and your presence).

    • 15 min
    Landing in Liminal Space (Jody Betten)

    Landing in Liminal Space (Jody Betten)

    Our new interim pastor considers liminal spaces from ancient traditions and our own history at Douglas UCC. Is this space a tomb? Or a womb?

    • 14 min
    (Un)Certain (Jeremy Lund)

    (Un)Certain (Jeremy Lund)

    This week's scripture reminds us to take heart in bad times. Church member Jeremy Lund asks if uncertainty is always a problem. Can it sometimes be a gift?

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Johnboy976 ,

Eisegesis, Not Exegesis

I have listened to a few of Sal’s sermons, and while his conclusions might appear groundbreaking in progressive circles, he does not engage the text as plainly written, and most of what he deduces is deeply anachronistic. I have noted on a number of occasions where I had to go back into earlier parts of his sermon so as to ensure that I was reading the same text. I myself have been a minister for more than fifteen years, with an MDiv and an Advanced Degree (meaning that I took and passed all doctoral work, but was unable to complete my dissertation due to an extended family emergency), so I do have extensive theological training. I say none of this as a means of being cruel. Rather, I have great concern for what is being taught here. It does not reflect historic Christianity in any tangible way, and rather than allowing the Biblical text to define the sermon, Scripture is poorly applied (sometimes only referring to five words of a verse) to a sermon that is often synchronistic, heterodox, and long set held in Sal’s ethic before the Bible was ever opened.

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