Pentacost and The Global Village


United Church of Cloverdale Sermon: Acts 2:1-21 05/23/2010 Greg Bentall It was nightfall in the village but the temperature was still very hot.  My hosts asked me if I wanted hot water for my shower, but I declined. Agua fria, por favor.  Hay mucho calor. I explained in my very rudimentary Spanish.  The village ofContinue reading “Pentacost and The Global Village”

John Calvin and the American Experiment in Democracy


United Church of Cloverdale Sermon: The Theology of Liberation Amos 2: 6-8 07/04/10 Greg Bentall Before there was a Thomas Jefferson, before there was a Jean-Jacques Rousseau, before there was a John Locke, there was John Calvin.  John Calvin, the progenitor of the Reformed Tradition, of which we are a part, first propounded the modernContinue reading “John Calvin and the American Experiment in Democracy”

The Cosmos and the Logos of God


United Church of Cloverdale Sunday, June 27, 2010 The Work of God’s Fingers Psalm 8:1-9 Greg Bentall When I was a small boy I loved to sleep out under the stars.  I could spend hours just watching the night sky.  There were stars and planets, satellites and meteors, nebulae and galaxies.  But the sky wasContinue reading “The Cosmos and the Logos of God”

Corporate Greed as Sin


SERMON: The Tragedy of Sin United Church of Cloverdale 2 Samuel 11:26-12:10, 13-15 Sunday, June 13, 2010 Greg Bentall The explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig on April 20 could be expected.  It was clearly NOT an accident, but a DISASTER waiting to happen.  According to the dictionary, an accident is: Any event thatContinue reading “Corporate Greed as Sin”

Trustworthy


TRUSTWORTHY One of the most important lessons that I have tried to teach my teenage son is that I want him to grow up to be the kind of man upon which people can depend. If he has promised to mow someone’s yard, or fix a computer, or help out at the community theater, thenContinue reading “Trustworthy”

Global Warming and the Slippery Slope


When it comes to global warming, are we already too late?  It is clear that global warming is not only real, but is accelerating.  As the polar ice caps melt the earth loses some of its reflectivity.  Blue oceans and brown rocks will absorb far more heat than the reflective ice caps.  But even moreContinue reading “Global Warming and the Slippery Slope”

John Calvin and the Twenty-First Century


John Calvin and the Reformed Tradition   The Reformed Tradition The Presbyterian Church (USA) is one of the family of churches that trace their heritage back to John Calvin.  John Calvin published his magnum opus, The Institutes of the Christian Religion in Geneva, Switzerland in 1534.  Calvin was a contemporary of Martin Luther, and shared manyContinue reading “John Calvin and the Twenty-First Century”