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December 27, 2001       Gordon Hugenberger   mp3

The Birth of Jesus                     Luke 2: 1-20;&version=31;


December 20, 2001       Barry Corey                 mp3

Jesus Cleanses and Resurrects             Mark 5: 21-43;&version=31;


Leviticus 15: 19-33;&version=31;


December 13, 2001       David Thorp                 mp3

Murder of the Spirit                    Matthew 5: 21-22;&version=31;


Matthew 7: 28-29

28When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were

amazed at his teaching, 29because he taught as one who had

authority, and not as their teachers of the law.


December 6, 2001         Jurgen Liias                 mp3

Christian Paradox          Christ is Fully Human and Fully Divine: The Incarnation


John 1: 1-18


C.S. Lewis Miracles quote/hyperlink


C.S. Lewis Mere Christianity quote/hyperlink


Colossians 1: 15-20;&version=31;


November 29, 2001       Barry Corey                 mp3

When Sin Becomes Shameless              Jeremiah 6: 13-17;&version=31;


Paul Tillich The New Being quote [Part 1 Chapter 1]:

We understand more and better than many generations before us.

But our immensely increased insight into the conditions of human

existence should not undercut our courage to call wrong wrong.

In story and parable the sinners are seriously called sinners.


Rembrandt’s “Jeremiah Weeping”



November 22, 2001       Thanksgiving


November 15, 2001       David Thorp                 mp3

God’s Law is Revealed in Jesus Matthew 5: 17-20


November 8, 2001        Don Andreson mp3

Humility, Relationship and Community                Genesis 1: 26-28;&version=31;




November 1, 2001        Jurgen Liias                 mp3

Christian Paradox          Christ is Fully Human and Fully Divine: The Incarnation


Collect of the Incarnation:

O God, who didst wonderfully create, and yet more

wonderfully restore, the dignity of human nature: Grant

that we may share the divine life of him who humbled

himself to share our humanity, thy Son Jesus Christ; in

whose name we pray. Amen.


Mark 8: 27-30


Council of Chalcedon Wikipedia entry


Council of Chalcedon statement


Mark 10: 17-18;&version=31;


John 14: 28

28"You heard me say, 'I am going away and I am coming

back to you.' If you loved me, you would be glad that I am

going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.


Matthew 27: 45-46

45From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land.

46About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi,[a] lama

sabachthani?"—which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"[b]


Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 2: 14-18;&version=31;


Luke 5: 20-26;&version=31;


Matthew 14: 25-33;&version=31;


John 8: 56-59;&version=31;


John 14: 8-14;&version=31;


John 20: 26-28;&version=31;


Paul’s Letter to the Colossians 1: 15-20;&version=31;


October 25, 2001          Gordon Hugenberger   mp3

The Sluggard - Self-excused in action                  Proverbs 26: 13-16;&version=31;


October 18, 2001          Barry Corey                 mp3

The Rock That Endures             Daniel 2: 29-35;&version=31;


October 15, 2001          20th Anniversary Dinner           mp3

speeches/tributes, then Jurgen Liias talk            


1 Timothy 5: 17-18

17The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy

of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and

teaching. 18For the Scripture says, "Do not muzzle the ox while

it is treading out the grain,"[a] and "The worker deserves his wages."[b]


October 11, 2001          David Thorp                 mp3

Salt & Light                   Matthew 5: 13-16;&version=31;


October 4, 2001            Jurgen Liias

Unfortunately, there is no recording.


September 27, 2001      Gordon Hugenberger   mp3

Spiritual Forgiveness & Temporal Justice


Proverbs 17: 9

He who forgives an offense promotes love,

but whoever repeats a matter alienates a friend


September 20, 2001      Barry Corey                 mp3

Repentance and God’s Grace                 Joel 2: 12-17


September 13, 2001      David Thorp                 mp3

Psalm 46


The New York 9/11 attack; Blessed are those who are persecuted


Ephesians 4: 30-32, 5: 1-2,%205:%201-2;&version=31;


Matthew 5: 10-12;&version=31;


September 6, 2001        Jurgen Liias                 mp3

Christian Paradox          Death - All are alive in God

Luke 20: 27-40;&version=31;


Sheldon Vanauken A Severe Mercy quote


John A.T. Robinson The Body quote


Hebrews 11;&version=31;


John Donne The Works of John Donne: With a Memoir of His Life link


August 30, 2001           Barry Corey                 mp3

Cutting Deals with God              Judges 11: 29-40


August 23, 2001           Dori Little                     mp3

Moses - Faith Not Deceived                   Hebrews 11: 23-28;&version=31;


Dorington (Dori) Little is the Senior Pastor at the First Congregational Church, Hamilton, MA


August 16, 2001           Bob Cooley                  mp3

Biblical Archaeology  (his last regular talk)


Amos 9: 11-14;&version=31;


Genesis 45: 8

 8 "So then, it was not you who sent me here,

but God. He made me father to Pharaoh,

lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.


Judges 21: 25

25 In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.


Matthew 10: 5-6

5These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions:

"Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the

Samaritans. 6Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel.


August 9, 2001 David Thorp                 mp3

Blessed Are The Peacemakers               Matthew 5: 9

 9Blessed are the peacemakers,
      for they will be called sons of God.


Genesis 1: 27

 27 So God created man in his own image,
       in the image of God he created him;
       male and female he created them.


Genesis 2: 23-24;&version=31;


Ezekiel 37: 15-19;&version=31;


Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 2: 13-18;&version=31;


Paul’s Letter to the Colossians 1: 19-22;&version=31;


Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians 5: 18-19;&version=31;


August 2, 2001 Jurgen Liias                 mp3

Proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ out of the Old Testament:

The Trinity Portrayed

Genesis 18: 1-8;&version=31;


“Hospitality of Abraham” icon


July 26, 2001                Dori Little                     mp3

Emboldened By Faith                 Hebrews 11: 1-7;&version=31;


Dorington (Dori) Little is the Senior Pastor at the First Congregational Church, Hamilton, MA


July 19, 2001                Bob Cooley                  mp3

Leadership        Jeremiah 3: 15

15 Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding.


Jeremiah 23: 1-4;&version=31;


John 10;&version=31;


4 C’s: Context, Calling, Character, Competency


July 12, 2001                David Thorp                 mp3

Blessed Are The Pure in Heart    Matthew 5: 8

 8Blessed are the pure in heart,
      for they will see God.


Matthew 6: 21

21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.


Matthew 6: 24

 24"No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one

and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and

despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.


Psalm 73: 25

 25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
       And earth has nothing I desire besides you.


Matthew 5: 21-22

 21"You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not murder,[a]

and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.' 22But I tell you that

anyone who is angry with his brother[b]will be subject to judgment. Again,

anyone who says to his brother, 'Raca,[c]' is answerable to the Sanhedrin.

But anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell.


July 5, 2001                  Ron Crews                   mp3

The Debt of Honor         Romans 13: 7

7Give everyone what you owe him:

If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue;

if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.


June 28, 2001               Gordon Hugenberger   mp3

An Honest Answer         Proverbs 24: 26 I apologize; we only have the first 14 minutes

 26 An honest answer
       is like a kiss on the lips.


June 21, 2001               Bob Cooley                  mp3

The Holy Land               Genesis 12: 1-3;&version=31;


Leviticus 18: 24-28;&version=31;


June 14, 2001               Jurgen Liias                 mp3

Christian Paradox: The Resurrection of our body

Paul’s 1st Letter to the Corinthians 15: 35-49;&version=31;


“The seven ages of man: spills, drills, thrills, bills, ills, pills and wills.”

quote from Richard John Needham Canadian (English-born) writer (1912-1996)


A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken [Chapter VIII The Way of Grief]


Paul’s 2nd Letter to the Corinthians 4: 16-18; 5: 1-5;%205:%201-5;&version=31;


Saint Augustine The City of God quote


June 7, 2001                 David Thorp                 mp3

Blessed Are The Merciful           Matthew 5: 7

7Blessed are the merciful,
      for they will be shown mercy.


May 31, 2001                Kent Hill                      mp3

Be Not Afraid

Romans 8: 31-39;&version=31;


John 14: 27

27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as

the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.


May 24, 2001                Gordon Hugenberger   mp3

Christian Joy                 Proverbs 15: 13-17

 13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful,
       but heartache crushes the spirit.

 14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge,
       but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.

 15 All the days of the oppressed are wretched,
       but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.

 16 Better a little with the fear of the LORD
       than great wealth with turmoil.

 17 Better a meal of vegetables where there is love
       than a fattened calf with hatred.


Proverbs 25: 20

 20 Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day,
       or like vinegar poured on soda,
       is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.


Corrie ten Boom The Hiding Place, Chapter 13 “Ravensbruck” (pages 209-210) quote


May 17, 2001                Jurgen Liias                 mp3

Christian Paradox: The Resurrected Body of Jesus


A Collect for Easter

O God, who by the glorious resurrection of thy Son Jesus Christ

didst destroy death and bring life and immortality to light;

Grant that we, who have been raised with him, may abide in

his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory;

through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Morton T. Kelsey Resurrection: release from oppression quote:

“It is my basic contention that the ideas of immortality and resurrection are

not contradictory, but rather complementary. In the same way that modern

physics uses two opposite descriptions to represent the nature of light completely.”


John Updike “Seven Stanzas at Easter” poem:

Make no mistake: if He rose at all
it was as His body;
if the cells’ dissolution did not reverse, the molecules
reknit, the amino acids rekindle,
the Church will fall.

It was not as the flowers,
each soft Spring recurrent;
it was not as His Spirit in the mouths and fuddled
eyes of the eleven apostles;
it was as His Flesh: ours.

The same hinged thumbs and toes,
the same valved heart
that — pierced — died, withered, paused, and then
regathered out of enduring Might
new strength to enclose.

Let us not mock God with metaphor,
analogy, sidestepping transcendence;
making of the event a parable, a sign painted in the
faded credulity of earlier ages:
let us walk through the door.

The stone is rolled back, not papier-mâché,
not a stone in a story,
but the vast rock of materiality that in the slow
grinding of time will eclipse for each of us
the wide light of day.

And if we will have an angel at the tomb,
make it a real angel,
weighty with Max Planck’s quanta, vivid with hair,
opaque in the dawn light, robed in real linen
spun on a definite loom.

Let us not seek to make it less monstrous,
for our own convenience, our own sense of beauty,
lest, awakened in one unthinkable hour, we are
embarrassed by the miracle,
and crushed by remonstrance.


C. S. Lewis The Great Divorce, Chapter 3 (page 19) quote


May 10, 2001                David Thorp                 mp3

Blessed Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness      Matthew 5: 6

6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
      for they will be filled.


May 3, 2001                  Jurgen Liias                 mp3

Christian Paradox: Death: Heaven, Hell, or Asleep


A Collect for Easter

O God, who by the glorious resurrection of thy Son Jesus Christ

didst destroy death and bring life and immortality to light;

Grant that we, who have been raised with him, may abide in

his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory;

through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Ecclesiastes 12: 1-7;&version=31;


Luke 16: 19-23;&version=31;


Luke 23: 43

43Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise."


Paul’s Letter to the Philippians 1: 20-24;&version=31;


Revelation 7: 9-17;&version=31;


Daniel 12: 1-2;&version=31;


John 5: 28-29;&version=31;


Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians 4: 13-17;&version=31;


Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 15;&version=31;


April 26, 2001   Gordon Hugenberger   mp3

Simplify; however, Fruit Costs Mess                   Proverbs 14: 4

4Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty,
      but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest.


April 19, 2001   Ray Bandi                    mp3

Made Better through Hard Times: Joseph                        Genesis 37


Genesis 39: 19-20;&version=31;


Psalm 119: 67, 71, 75

67Before I was afflicted I went astray,
      but now I obey your word.


71It was good for me to be afflicted
      so that I might learn your decrees.


75I know, O LORD, that your laws are righteous,
      and in faithfulness you have afflicted me.


April 12, 2001   David Thorp                 mp3

Blessed Are The Meek   Matthew 5: 5

5Blessed are the meek,
      for they will inherit the earth.


James 3: 13-14


Psalm 37: 10-11;&version=31;


Matthew 11: 28-30;&version=31;


Psalm 25: 8-9;&version=31;


James 1: 21;&version=31;


Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 6: 1;&version=31;


April 5, 2001                 Jurgen Liias                 mp3

Christian Paradox: Saved by Grace for Works


A Collect for Marriage

O gracious and ever-living God, you have created us male and

female in your image: Look mercifully upon this man Rick and

this woman Nancy who come to you seeking your blessing, and

assist them with your grace, that with true fidelity and steadfast

love they may honor and keep the promises and vows that they

will make; this we pray through Jesus Christ our Savior, who

lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,

for ever and ever. Amen.


Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 2: 8-10;&version=31;


Acts 22: 6-10;&version=31;


Acts 26: 15-18;&version=31;


Studs Turkel Working interviewing Nora Watson in the Introduction (page xxiv):

“I think most of us are looking for a calling, not a job.

Most of us, like the assembly line worker, have jobs that

are too small for our spirit. Jobs are not big enough for people.”


Jeremiah 1: 4-5;&version=31;


Genesis 50: 15-21;&version=31;


Os Guinness The Call story about John Coltrane


C.S. Lewis The Problem of Pain quote


March 29, 2001 Ron Crews                   mp3

The Prayer of Jabez       1 Chronicles 4: 9-10


March 22, 2001 Dori Little                     mp3

The Unknown God – Presenting the Gospel                     Acts 17: 22-31;&version=31;


Dorington (Dori) Little is the Senior Pastor at the First Congregational Church, Hamilton, MA


March 15, 2001 David Thorp                 mp3

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn   Matthew 5: 4

4Blessed are those who mourn,
      for they will be comforted.


Isaiah 61: 2-3;&version=31;


Jeremiah 31: 10-13;&version=31;


Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians 7: 8-11;&version=31;


Psalm 51: 17

17 The sacrifices of God are [a] a broken spirit;
       a broken and contrite heart,
       O God, you will not despise.


March 8, 2001   Gordon Hugenberger   mp3

Self-View Through Time – The Past                   

Paul’s Letter to the Philippians 4: 8

8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble,

whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,

whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.


Paul’s Letter to the Philippians 3: 4-14;&version=31;


Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 15: 9-10;&version=31;


Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 3: 8

8Although I am less than the least of all God's people,

this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,


Paul’s First Letter to Timothy 1: 13-16;&version=31;


March 1, 2001   Jurgen Liias                 mp3

Christian Paradox: Faith That Bears Fruit


Collect for Lent/Ash Wednesday

Almighty and Everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou

hast made and dost forgive the sins of all who are penitent:

create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we worthily

lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness may

obtain of Thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and

forgiveness: through Jesus Christ our Lord who liveth and reignth

with Thee and the Holy Spirit, One God for ever and ever. Amen.


James 2;&version=31;


John 15: 1-8;&version=31;


Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 5: 19-23;&version=31;


February 22, 2001         Gordon Hugenberger   mp3

Agreeing “In The Lord”    Paul’s Letter to the Philippians 4: 2-9;&version=31;


February 15, 2001         John Ensor                  mp3

The Sanctity of Life                    Proverbs 24: 10

10 If you falter in times of trouble,
       how small is your strength!


February 8, 2001           David Thorp                 mp3

Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit    Matthew 5: 3

3Blessed are the poor in spirit,
      for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


February 1, 2001           Jurgen Liias                 mp3

Christian Paradox: Grace & Justice


Romans 7: 14-25;&version=31;


Many Bible passages not linked here.


January 25, 2001          Gordon Hugenberger   mp3

The Brotherhood of Believers      Psalm 133


A song of ascents. Of David.

 1 How good and pleasant it is
       when brothers live together in unity!

 2 It is like precious oil poured on the head,
       running down on the beard,
       running down on Aaron's beard,
       down upon the collar of his robes.

  3 It is as if the dew of Hermon
       were falling on Mount Zion.
       For there the LORD bestows his blessing,
       even life forevermore.


January 18, 2001          Robert Dick                  mp3

Sin and Repentance


St. Basil the Great quote:

“Repentance is salvation, but lack of understanding is the death of repentance.”


January 11, 2001          Jurgen Liias                 mp3

Christian Paradox: Faith and Works


G. K. Chesterton quote from Orthodoxy (1907, Chapter “The Paradoxes of Christianity”):

“Christianity got over the difficulty of combining furious opposites,

by keeping them both, and keeping them both furious.”


Charles Simeon of Cambridge quote:

“The truth is not in the middle, and not in one extreme, but in both extremes.”

(H. C. G. Moule, Life of Charles Simeon, p. 97)


Quaker philosopher Elton Trueblood quote from The Yoke of Christ (1958):

“Occasionally we talk of our Christianity as something that solves problems,

and there is a sense in which it does. Long before it does so, however, it

increases both the number and the intensity of the problems. Even our intellectual

questions are increased by the acceptance of a strong religious faith. … If a man

wishes to avoid the disturbing effect of paradoxes, the best advice is for him to

leave the Christian faith alone.”


the Chesterton and Trueblood quotes appear in Reaching for the Invisible God

by Philip Yancy (2000, Zondervan, pages 92 and 94)


Many Bible passages not linked here.


Kenneth L. Woodward quote from Ushering in the age of the laity (Sept 9, 1994, Commonweal cover story):


Back in the first Nixon presidency I did a cover story on Billy Graham. I asked him,

“Billy Graham, what’s it feel like knowing you are saved?”

“Ken,” he said, “it’s a wonderful feeling.” But suppose, I went on, you were to crawl into the

hay with the organist. What then? “Well,” Graham replied, “I just wouldn’t get as high a place

in heaven.”

I told this story to Senator Mark Hatfield (R-Oreg.), who is a devout Baptist. “Ken,” he said,

“if I didn’t know I was saved I couldn’t get up in the morning.”

“Mark,” I replied, “if I knew I was saved, I wouldn’t get up in the morning.”


Martin Luther writing an Introduction to Paul’s Letter to the Romans


January 4, 2001            David Thorp                 mp3

The Sermon on the Mount – Introduction  Matthew 5: 1-10


Matthew 4: 17

17From that time on Jesus began to preach,

"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."