Sermons & Series

David Zahl
October 15, 2017

What Is Secularism? (And How Do We Survive It?)

What Is Secularism? (And How Do We Survive It?)

This is Part One of our Adult Ed series on Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age, and James K.A. Smith’s primer on the subject, How (Not) To Be Secular.

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October 15, 2017

Replacement Religion

Replacement Religion

To read the quote from David Dark’s Life’s Too Short to Pretend You’re Not Religious, click here. And to read the New York Times article about anxiety amongst American teenagers, click here.

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September 17, 2017

The Balance Sheet

The Balance Sheet

To read the story about burn victims, hypnosis and forgiveness, go here. Some parts of the sermon were incorporated into this article on “Accidental Killers and Cities of Refuge”.

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August 20, 2017

Nevertheless She Persisted

Nevertheless She Persisted

To read the Messenger article quoted in the sermon, click here. For more of the sources on the Charlottesville aftermath DZ drew upon, click here.

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May 7, 2017

The Fundamental Attribution Error (of Sheep and Gates)

The Fundamental Attribution Error (of Sheep and Gates)

Here’s the Andre Dubus quote referenced.  Here’s the Mischa Willett poem. Here’s the George Saunders piece from the New Yorker.  Here’s the Anne Lamott quote. 

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April 9, 2017

He Rides On

He Rides On

Click here to read the work-life balance article DZ references.

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March 12, 2017

The Beauty of a Bad Idea

The Beauty of a Bad Idea

The Bad Idea Jeans clip: http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/bad-idea-jeans/n9937?snl=1 LA Times article about the foster father: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-foster-father-sick-children-2017-story.html Here’s the quote about patience: http://www.mbird.com/2016/12/the-virtue-of-just-a-little-patience/

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February 12, 2017

Apologize!

Apologize!

To read the Frederick Buechner quote on anger, you can do so here. To read about the story featured in the “Know When to Fold ‘Em” episode of This American Life, go here. And to check out Harriet Lerner’s new book, go here.

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January 23, 2017

The Tyranny of Morre

The Tyranny of Morre

For the quotes from Ruth Whippman’s new book America the Anxious, click here and here. For the source of the commentary on leisure-saving technology click here. Click here to read the full NY Times Magazine profile of triple amputee palliative care physician B.J. Miller that DZ mentions. To watch a short documentary about Dave’s priest-DJ […]

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November 13, 2016

The Only Engine of Survival

The Only Engine of Survival

You can listen to or download the sermon below. Click here to read Cameron Cole’s story. Click here to watch Leonard Cohen sing “Come Healing”.

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