These recordings of four sermons given by the Rev. Wes Denyer during Epiphany 2015 invite you to consider a journey of discovery in search of truth by exploring scripture in the context of our own lives and culture in a meaningful way.
1. The Stories of our People
On a trip to Israel in 1996, the Rev. Wes Denyer listened to an Israeli tank commander tell the story of an ancient battle of the Hebrew people as though he were there. It was his story! The stories of scripture can become our stories as we read them, as we explore and argue with them, immersing ourselves in the foundational words of Christian faith.
2. It's Not that Far Away
Sometimes it may be challenging to connect with the stories of scripture thousands of years old. What could those stories have to say about life in 2015? Is it possible when we discover the heart of a scriptural story - staying with it long enough so that "deep speaks to deep" - that we may find it's not as far away as we thought? In this sermon we will explore sacred stories that may be just as relevant today as when they were first written.
3. Language of the Heart
The left side of the human brain is logical, factual, sequential and judicious. The right side of the brain is intuitive, artistic and emotional. As far back as the Greek and Roman Empires, these differences were apparent. They said, "When Cicero finished his speech all Rome went about saying, 'What a fine speech Cicero gave today!' When Demosthenes spoke, the Greeks said, 'Let us march!'" Cicero spoke to the head. Demosthenes spoke to the heart. In this sermon, we will explore the different ways in which scripture speaks to us, with a particular emphasis on the way the parables of Jesus speak to the heart.
4. Grounded in Scripture
We live in a world of constant change, bombarded by news from the television and the Internet. Many families no longer live close enough to one another to offer companionship and support. So little in life is stable and firm. With lifestyles like this, how can we feel grounded in something that will be trustworthy in good times and in bad? Scripture and faith are designed to form and shape us - to make it possible for us to trust in God. The Bible does this as it explores the nature of God and the ways in which God has been active in the history of the world and individual human lives. As scripture explores universal themes, we may find ourselves reassured of God's benevolent purposes towards us.