The Menlo Park Presbyterian Church recently ran a series on “Christian Atheists,” Christians whose faith is guarded. A sermon by Nancy Ortberg seemed strong when I first heard it and continues to resonate so well that I’m attaching it. She takes a while to get to the meat of the sermon, but when she does, it’s powerful. Strong stuff that lasts.
In a more recent sermon, Nancy’s husband John introduced a mother who, through her faith, had forgiven the killer of her son. Now that he is out of jail, he lives next door to her in Minnesota. Perhaps, as William Blake said, “The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.”
Forgiveness, however, isn’t the soul province of Christians. Forgiveness is a key ingredient of many faiths. Mahatma Gandhi said, “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” Wherever people are on their spiritual journey, I hope they find Nancy’s talk of interest: http://www.mppc.org/series/christian-atheist/nancy-ortberg/i-believe-god-dont-cross-me
Causes Kevin Arnold Supports
Poetry Center San Jose, East Palo Alto Police Activities League (EPA PAL), Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Yale Writing Conference, Gold Rush Writers