Sunday, March 15, 2009

An Unrelated Sermon

This Sunday I did a sermon for my church*. The topic is not particularly related to this blog, and is something that my minister asked me to do a sermon on, I doubt I would have chosen the topic myself. However, it went pretty well, and my wife has posted the sermon on her personal blog, so if you are interested it is availible here. It's entitled "What Would Jesus Do: Liberal Christianity and the Theology of Prosperity." It doesn't really say anything about what Jesus would do, but is more a history of the "What Would Jesus Do" movement in Christianity, and how it relates to Andrew Carnegie, Christian Socialism, Televangelists and board games, with a few conclusions about fads and the tensions within Christian thought about social action.

*[technically it is the Terre Haute Unitarian Universalist Congregation, and isn't a church. Most UUs are Humanists, Atheists, Agnostics, Pagans, or a bit of several things like me; folk that don't fit elsewhere but still find some value in trying to be part of a religious community peopled mostly by folk that disagree with you on the basics. Only 10-15% of UUs consider themselves Christian, so the term "church" can be misleading, but we routinely call it church anyway, and the term church captures it about as well as any term can deal with the wonderful weirdness that is contemporary Unitarian-Universalism.]

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