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A Conspiracy of Love (a sermon series)

Rev. David Felten, the pastor of “The Fountains” United Methodist Church located in Fountain Hills, AZ and co-creator of the “Living the Questions” book and video series, preached a series of sermons based on my book “A Conspiracy of Love: Following Jesus in a Postmodern World.”

[Note: I have edited the Sunday worship service videos to only include the sermons.]

Part 1: the way of Jesus

Part 2: Jesus and the Christ

Part 3: the path of transformation

Part 4: a conspiracy of love

In this 20th and last episode of the series, my writings are featured throughout the worship service — the call to celebration (adapted from my litany “the Way of Jesus”), my “Prayer for Discipleship,” my “Creed of Love,” words of blessing (adapted from my writings), my “Doxology for Humanity” (one verse), and finally a hymn I wrote to a tune by Chris Rice called “Follow Jesus.”

an invitation to follow Jesus

An animation by Kurt Struckmeyer inviting us to the Way of Jesus, using his own words (or paraphrases) to follow him in a life of discipleship. It is just under 4 minutes long.  Enjoy!

Animation: Copyright © 2014 Kurt Struckmeyer
Music: “Expression,” Copyright © 2007 Helen Jane Long. Used with permission.

love God
– with all your heart
– with all your understanding
– with all your strength
– with all your soul

love your neighbor as yourself
love your enemies

pray for those who mistreat you
bless those who curse you
do good to those who hate you

do not condemn
do not judge
forgive freely

treat others as you would have them treat you

hunger and thirst for justice
be a peacemaker
be gentle but strong
be pure in heart

be salt
be leaven
be light

be compassionate

be a servant to all
– feed the hungry
– satisfy the thirsty
– clothe the naked
– care for the sick
– visit the imprisoned
– welcome the immigrant

give to everyone who asks

deny your self
– your self-interest
– your self-concern
– your self-centeredness
– your selfishness

do not worry about
– tomorrow
– your life
– what you will eat
– what you will drink
– what you will wear

take nothing for your journey
– no bread
– no bag
– no money

seek God’s kingdom of peace and justice
– God’s reign of compassion and love
– God’s movement of radical change
– God’s vision of a transformed world

seek and you will find it
knock and it will be opened to you

God’s kingdom
– is within you
– is among you
– is all around you

be transformed –
– for God’s kingdom is at hand
– for God’s kingdom is confronting you
– for God’s kingdom is awaiting you
– for God’s kingdom is calling you

come
take up your cross
follow me

 

“The Rebel Jesus,” a Christmas song by Jackson Browne

All the streets are filled with laughter and light
And the music of the season
And the merchants’ windows are all bright
With the faces of the children
And the families hurrying to their homes
As the sky darkens and freezes
Will be gathering around their hearths and tables
Giving thanks for God’s graces
And the birth of the rebel Jesus
They call him by the “Prince Of Peace”
And they call him by “The Savior”
And they pray to him upon the sea
And in every bold endeavor
And they fill his churches with their pride and gold
As their faith in him increases
But they’ve turned the nature that I worship in
From a temple to a robber’s den
In the words of the rebel Jesus
We guard our world with locks and guns
And we guard our fine possessions
And once a year when Christmas comes
We give to our relations
And perhaps we give a little to the poor
If the generosity should seize us
But if anyone of us should interfere
In the business of why there are poor
They get the same as the rebel Jesus
But pardon me if I have seemed
To take the tone of judgement
For I’ve no wish to come between
This day and your enjoyment
In a life of hardship and of earthly toil
There’s a need for anything that frees us
So I bid you pleasure and I bid you cheer
From a heathen and a pagan
On the side of the rebel Jesus

 

David Voas TED talk

Religion is in decline across the Western world. Whether measured by belonging, believing, participation in services, or how important it is felt to be, religion is losing ground. Society is being transformed, and the momentum appears to be unstoppable. You might be asking yourself two questions. Is it actually true? And even if religion is currently losing ground, could things change in the future?

 

Kevin Brewin TED talk

“Mutiny! What our love of pirates tells us about renewing the commons.” Whenever the resources of the many are enclosed for the benefit of the few, pirates will rise up, break that down and put riches into the hands of the common people.

 

Bonhoeffer (2003)

Bonhoeffer is a 90-minute documentary film directed by Martin Doblmeier. The film uses footage of Hitler’s reign, interviews with Bonhoeffer’s friends, family, and students, and analysis from historians to vividly tell his story. These individuals describe Bonhoeffer as an inspiring teacher, a thoughtful writer of theological treatises, and finally, an active resister who took part in a failed conspiracy to assassinate Hitler.

 

Romero (1989)

The movie Romero was based on the Archbishop’s life story. It was directed by John Duigan and starred Raúl Juliá and produced by Paulist Productions.

 

PBS FRONTLINE: From Jesus to Christ

PBS FRONTLINE presents the epic story of the rise of Christianity. Drawing upon new and sometimes controversial historical evidence, the series transports the viewer back two thousand years to the time and place where Jesus of Nazareth once lived and preached and challenges familiar assumptions and conventional notions about the origins of Christianity. First shown in April 1998.

Companion articles to the videos may be found at www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/religion.

 

 

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