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
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
Mistakes repeated, Prophecies fulfilled
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)