A sermon preached by the Rev. Roger Scott Powers at Light Street Presbyterian Church in Baltimore on Sunday, June 29, 2014. Genesis 22:1-14
The story of Abraham and Isaac is one of the most dramatic stories in the Bible. And yet, in my fourteen years of parish ministry, I have never once preached on it. Come to think of it, I'm not sure I've ever heard anyone preach on it!
It can be difficult to introduce an issue of social concern in any one congregation, but in any given presbytery or community, there are people who support sensible gun reform. What if these people got together for worship, education, and an offering of their time and voices?
This sermon was delivered on January 20, 2013 to a community-wide, interfaith and interracial gathering to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther, King, Jr., in Highstown, NJ. The preacher was Tom F. Driver, The Paul J. Tillich Professor of Theology and Culture Emeritus, Union Theological Seminary in New York.
Stony Point Presbyterian Church recently completed a year of studying the controversial topic of gun violence. This document contains reflections on their process, their conclusions, and the story of the remarkable way this often-divisive issue has brought their congregation closer together.