Sermons by John Shuck

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Yahweh Goes Camping


It is the most radical verse in the Bible. It is the most radical statement ever made. None of our economists or jurists or legislators or executors or professors or bureaucrats or smart people in general have ever come up with anything as radical as Leviticus chapter 25.

If you want to be holy as Yahweh is holy, if you want to love your neighbor as yourself, if you want to live sustainably and survive in the land that Yahweh is renting to you, then every 50 years, redistribute. Start over and don’t cheat.

The Dance of Liberation


Liberation is costly. We must ask ourselves always, are we willing to pay the cost or will we simply say it is too much work, or it doesn’t matter that much, or oppression really isn’t that bad?

Even after liberation, the Hebrew people complain to Moses that at least they had food in Egypt. They will starve in the desert, they fear. Liberation is only part of the story. The hard part at times is learning how to live with a new freedom, new agency, new choices that are ours to make and not made for us.

Making Deals With God


Life is a struggle, a competition, a wrestling match, a lover’s quarrel between light and dark, yin and yang, male and female, life and death, mortality and immortality, Jacob and Yahweh.

Let Love Rise (Easter 2017)


The story of resurrection is not about Jesus alone. The story of resurrection is for those who would follow this criminal—and that is how Rome saw him, a criminal worthy of nothing more than humiliation and elimination. The story of resurrection is trusting that he told and lived a truth worth living. The story of resurrection is the story of Love rising and rolling away stones that entomb our spirit, our souls, and our bodies.

The March Isn’t Over Until Justice Is Done


Or will we listen? Will we begin the work of learning about the history and the reality of racism and will we find the courage to see our own complicity in it? Will we join in the struggle, in the march, in the Palm Sunday parade and commit ourselves to dismantling it? That is where it is personal. White people can’t help but be racist. We can decide what to do about it.

Being Real When Things Fall Apart


America is not going to be great again, no matter what demagogue tweets it. It is going to become humble again. That is not bad news even as there will be much suffering as the mighty billionaires cling to power before they fall.

Art Show 2017


This sermon was preached amidst the art at Southminster’s 39th Annual Art Show.   The sermon went along with a powerpoint presentation (below). This is an embedded Microsoft Office presentation, powered by Office Online.

Leaving Home


I no longer think the promised land has a longitude or a latitude. I no longer think the promised land is a heavenly castle or a Marxist utopia.

The land, I think, is within. The promised land, the home is living in this present moment with the world as it is. The home is the road.

Do You Really Want To Know?


Beliefs create for us a world, a home. They aren’t bad. They serve a purpose. But when they no longer serve a purpose, when they no longer are life-giving they need to be let go. The task of religion is to enable us to do that.

The Only Way?


Some people have said to me and likely to many of you as well, that he is our president and we need to accept it. I do accept the fact that he is president. But my Christian calling, my following of Jesus, the way, the truth, and the life, means that for me, I am called to resist the sexism, the homophobia, the xenophobia, and the racism that was the groundswell that brought this person to the White House. I am called to speak out and resist the actions that are the outcomes of these constructs.