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Sermons from the Community Christian Church of Springfield, MO.

We are believers in Jesus Christ who accept all people without judgment and who desire to work and worship as a community striving for social justice.

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Sermons from the Community Christian Church of Springfield, MO.

We are believers in Jesus Christ who accept all people without judgment and who desire to work and worship as a community striving for social justice.

    The Debt we Owe to the Truth

    The Debt we Owe to the Truth

    Every lie incurs a debt to the truth that must eventually be paid. This was initially said of Russian lies about the Chernobyl disaster but it certain applies to lies told about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the cover up in Catholic and Protestant churches about pedophilia, Boeing’s cover up of the failures of the 737 Max. We will see how many people die in direct response to Florida’s governor trying to manipulate the numbers of Covid-19 infections in that state. A quick comparison to the honest treatment of the pandemic in South Korea to how it has been handled in the USA leaves us to wonder if the price incurred by our President’s denial and lies has been more than 90,000 deaths.

    • 28 min
    The Ten Commandments of Logic

    The Ten Commandments of Logic

    Logic and faith should be partners! A healthy spirituality does not deny reality but rather interrogates and interprets reality. We are not seeking to escape this world to be transported into an imaginary “other” world but rather to logically, ethically, lovingly transform the only world we know into a better, more compassionate world. For faith communities to be relevant in the emerging world, we must embrace an evidence based approach to our spirituality that is defined by critical thinking and a fearlessly prophetic scrutiny of our own beliefs.

    • 21 min
    What Mom Really Wants: Equal Rights

    What Mom Really Wants: Equal Rights

    We are taking a wide angle view of what it means to be a woman in the 21st century, from being relegated to carrying water and fire wood in the third world where female genital mutilation and sex trafficking are still common to the USA where, sadly sex trafficking is also common, but there is also religious oppression, a glass ceiling, and a sorely lacking representation in the houses of government. It's like Mother's Day on steroids…. join us!

    • 22 min
    A New Economy for a post-Covid world

    A New Economy for a post-Covid world

    May 1 is the international workers’ holiday but this year, in light of the pandemic, more consideration needs to be given to the very nature of the economy beyond the traditional rivalry between owners and laborers. As the income gap has grown and the more complex issue of the ownership of capital has pushed assets into the hands of fewer and fewer people, it is time reconsider our assumptions about ownership and distribution of wealth. As President Trump and many states’ governors are pushing (largely minority) workers to go back to work in unsafe conditions for less than a living wage in the midst of a pandemic, is the word “revolution” too strong to use or is it not quite enough?

    • 28 min
    The Talk Revisited

    The Talk Revisited

    Prejudice is its own logic, or, at least, it is impervious to logic, evidence, or critical thinking. This week we'll consider the irrational beliefs behind many of our prejudices. We look at the early American assumption that Native Americans, Africans, and Asians were somehow less than human and then we pay special attention to the case of the British mathematician, Alan Turing, who was of unique importance to both winning World War II by breaking the German Enigma code, and later laying the groundwork for the invention of the computer. In just a few years after the war, Turing was put on trial for being gay and chose suicide over the chemical castration imposed on him. Considering our history of prejudice shines a particular light on the current violence against the trans community.

    • 19 min
    Dr. Kyler Sherman-Wilkins: On Reparations

    Dr. Kyler Sherman-Wilkins: On Reparations

    "On Reparations" presented by Dr. Kyler Sherman-Wilkins, Missouri State University professor of Sociology
    The subject of paying the descendants of African slaves some form of reparations is complicated but just because it is complicated does not mean that it should not be done. Imagine starting to play Monopoly with 10 players but one player starts with 90% of the property and the bank. Liberated slaves were promised "40 acres and a mule" to give them a more fair start in life but with the assassination of Lincoln, that plan was never carried out. How can we meaningfully address the injustice of centuries of forced, uncompensated labor and the centralization of capital in the hands of the few? We have to be honest about the history of American wealth and seriously drill down on solutions which will inevitably be controversial but must, none-the-less, be carefully thought out and implemented.

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
125 Ratings

125 Ratings

J.Grover ,

Social Justice Meets Faith for the New Millennium

Excellent talks, which occasionally hold up a mirror to the incongruencies of what people of faith, say they believe and what they do. Always illuminating on yoking together our history as it effects the present and how to grow, build, and emancipate our beliefs as we become more aware and compassionate and how to put our faith into meaningful action.

Vanderschmitt ,

Thanks

I love that this podcast helps me to see more honestly about the world.

Integrity Home Inspection ,

It's a leftist political rally

If you are looking for a Bible teaching church, this is not it. It isn't even used in some sermons, and when it is, the speaker disagrees with it or gives a "trigger warning" intro before paraphrasing and applying it incorrectly. I have attended 7-8 different Christian churches over 40 years and haven't heard as much political content in all those sermons as half of one of these. One quote says it all, "Knowing what is right and what is wrong is always fluid because the world changes, society changes..." Currently the fluids indicate this pastor is just wrong.

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