Sermons by The Rev. Dr. Joseph Schaller


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Getting Real

Getting Real

Speaker: | February 23, 2020

I bet there are many of us who might feel a little bit worn out by too much reality. We are being bombarded by a seemingly new reality in which “facts” are distorted or ignored,...


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Beyond Partiality

Beyond Partiality

Speaker: | January 12, 2020

Why indeed did Jesus go to this wild prophet and his mission of baptizing people in the muddy waters of the Jordan river? Whatever meaning this baptism had for anyone at the time was certainly...


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If You Want to Get the Job Done…

If You Want to Get the Job Done…

Speaker: | December 22, 2019

Over the past number of years, an interesting demographic trend has been noticed in many of the so-called “helping professions,” including psychology and medicine. In clinical psychology, for example, the majority of those being accepted...


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Relax

Relax

Speaker: | December 08, 2019

Most of us don’t do a very good job of loving ourselves, though we and may do a better job of loving others, or at least behaving ourselves for the sake of those around us....


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Hope and Change

Hope and Change

Speaker: | November 10, 2019

There certainly are many places in the gospels where we are enjoined to have more faith, and are even told that faith makes all things possible. I just have trouble accepting the idea of faith...


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Does Prayer “Work?”

Does Prayer “Work?”

Speaker: | July 28, 2019

Many of us may harbor a degree of skepticism regarding the power of prayer to accomplish what seems to be promised. And, for all of the sermons and classes and books describing Christian prayer, we...


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Tradition

Tradition

Speaker: | May 19, 2019

Tradition is the anchor of our identity. But it can also be the oppressor of what seeks to emerge as new and to liberate those confined to a regressive way of doing things.


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Look on the Bright Side

Look on the Bright Side

Speaker: | March 24, 2019

In Luke’s gospel today, Jesus takes a somewhat rare definitive position by stating that bad things can happen to innocent people, and that the tragedies of life do not constitute punishment for bad behavior. That...


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Who Are My Enemies?

Who Are My Enemies?

Speaker: | February 24, 2019

The very idea of quickly forgiving someone who was guilty of a terrible crime seemed obscene, even a violation in itself of a greater ethical standard of justice. I could not honestly predict how I...



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