This sermon reflects on the Logos (Word) in the first chapter of the Gospel of John. The sermon offers a very brief survey of central core beliefs of several world major religions and their relationship to the Christian message.
The Gospel of John attributes these words to Jesus, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me.” (John 14:6) This text has often been employed in service of Christian exclusivism. Some hold that those who do not consciously and knowingly accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior in this life will be excluded from God’s salvation. I am convicted of a different interpretation of this text. This sermon explores another possibility of meaning. While holding to God’s revelation as focused and most clearly seen in Jesus of Nazareth, yet God’s love reaches beyond the pale of the manifest church and confessed Christians.
This sermon reflects on the story of Elisha and the Syrian army officer, Naaman in his conflict of conscience. He raised a serious question about his required participation in worship in then temple of Rimmon, a Syrian deity. The prophet’s answer is surprising and freeing. This text offers a clue to helping many Christian seekers in dealing with their families who who not share their faith.
This sermon surveys several different ways Christians construct their responses to other religions. The sermon moves from from uncompromising exclusivism to uncritical inclusiveness to qualified acceptance and respectful dialog. Reflecting on Paul’s words in Acts 17 this sermon advocates the view that Jesus is the goal and fulfillment of all religions.