The Collected Sermons of William Sloane Coffin, Volume Two: The Riverside Years
Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, 2008 M07 16 - 593 pages
Comprising the sermons preached by William Sloane Coffin while he was senior minister at the prestigious Riverside Church in New York City, The Collected Sermons of William Sloane Coffin: The Riverside Years captures the renowned preacher and social activist at work: ministering to American hostages in Iran, supporting AIDS awareness, and rallying his audiences to battle poverty and nuclear proliferation--all the while celebrating marriages, baptisms, and Mother's Days and mourning the loss of loved ones, including his own son.
In each of these brilliant and painstakingly crafted sermons, Coffin combined his deep love of Scripture and passionate commitment to peace and justice with his unparalleled gift for the spoken word. While also revealing the personal and pastoral dimensions of his ministry, each sermon provides a powerful example of Coffin's well-accomplished mission: to challenge the conscience of a nation.
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That's the kind of unconscious purity that is the mark of the true believer . “ You
are the salt of the earth ”its preserver , its seasoning , and its purity . We need not
belabor the symbol of light , “ God's first creature . ” Lights warn , lights guide ...
And this kind of compassion , of course , is frequently accompanied by righteous
indignation , for if you lower your level of anger at injustice you lower your level of
compassion for its victims . So anger and compassion go hand in hand .
The second , and not unrelated , kind of Christianity that comes out all wrong at
Christmas is what we might call “ authoritarian ” Christianity . I have in mind those
who put the purity of dogma ahead of the integrity of love , which is why ...
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