Sermons and talks on science, diversity and faith (pdf format)
by Craig E. Tenke



Tradition, Individuality and Faith
The account of the creation in Genesis is firmly ingrained in the collective psyche of western civilization. It presents an archetypal, poetic image of the world, of mankind and our relationship to God. As Christians, it is the opening act of a complex anthology of poetry, myth, history and Law that culminates in Jesus.

Faith and Worship in a Skeptical World
God made me a scientist, regardless of what I chose to do with my talents. I question everything. My innate questioning canít be turned on and off like a faucet. Recently, though, Iíve come to realize that the same is true of my faith.

Who is this God that we worship?
ďThis is where God is, Ē he said as he held up the newspaper cover showing the volunteer rescue teams at ground zero. For a brief time, the nation came together as one. In those days, weeks, and months, prayers were posted on every park wall, fire department and Police station in Manhattan - indeed around the world. People shared prayers in candlelight vigils. God Bless America became our national anthem, not as war cry, but as a prayer of hope!

Tradition: Chord, discord and service
We didnít attack the other researcherís work. Quite simply, his rage was triggered by the very possibility that the faith he had placed in his traditional notions about things that were dear to him may somehow have been misplaced. ...Thereís also comfort and security in tried and true traditions. Our American traditions are, quite literally, imprinted on our personalities.

Sometimes Life just isnít fair!
According to the Second Law of Thermodynamics, the entire universe is like a windup clock, always running down. Energy is released from its stores. Things unravel and disorganize, going from the precise and predictable to the unpredictable and random. This observation is called a Law because itís seen over and over in different forms, but its implications depend on the details.

The brain of Christ: a metaphor for diversity and leadership in the Church
Who is it that makes up the body of Christ? Just what is a leader? ...Thereís something very Presbyterian about the cerebral cortex. Itís constructed in modules that function together like a committee. Each and every excitatory cell is encrusted with inhibitory connections urging moderation, and every burst of activity is countered by a period of forced inaction.

Special Gifts: The Case for Imperfection
Under the right circumstances, weaknesses can become strengths, both for the individual and for the community.

      Challenge, faith and family: Adoption into the Body of Christ    [mp3 audio]
Just what are the connections between family and faith? ...Sometimes the nature-nurture battle is to the death, but it plays out differently in each family. ďChanceĒ unfolds on an uneven playing field, and the dice are still loaded by money, race, and power.

A Matter of Purpose
Why do people screw up in so many different ways? ...I picked it up with the tone expressed by Dostoyevsky: The nihilists whose political activism came to embrace nothing; the student whose lack of understanding leads him to kill without cause; the dim lives of superfluous people with meaningless lives.

Mistakes repeated, Prophecies fulfilled    [mp3 audio]
As kid, I recall hearing power, authority and righteousness in the prophetic voice the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. King didnít just quote scripture, he applied it, and in ways that many found bothersome, particularly in his later years. His advocacy of justice, coupled with his adherence to nonviolent principles, were remarkable and compelling. He seemed to pull together so much Christian faith and moral capital into the struggle for justice that it made you stop and take notice.

Whose Bible is it Anyway When We Talk About Sex and War?
A partial summary of an Honoring All Voices event by the same name (Sat May 1, 2004)
(Frances Taylor Gench:Biblical Interpretation and Human Sexuality;  Ron Stone: Just Peacemaking and/or Just War)