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Sunday Service - 10/9/11 - Meghan Feldmeyer

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Uploaded on Oct 10, 2011

A service of worship in Duke University Chapel. The Reverend Meghan Feldmeyer delivers a sermon entitled "Tainted Love"

Opening excerpt from the sermon :(38:57)
"We all love a good love story. Especially if it contains a bit of drama, suspense, and betrayal. And while Exodus may not be the first book you think of in the genre of romantic novels...it is a love story. One of the really great ones. It is a story of the God, Yahweh, who casts the whole of his heart in the direction of the Israelites...it is a story of how God courts and woos and loves this wayward people into being. It is a story that includes drama, suspense, and betrayal. And this is betrayal of the worst kind. In Genesis with Adam and Eve, the eating of the apple comes to signify the fall of humanity. In Exodus, the story of golden calf signifies the fall of God's chosen people. And boy, do they fall hard. This fall seems all the worse because it comes after God has done so much for his people. This fall isn't one of ignorant curiosity. It is a fall of deliberate rejection."

Closing excerpt from the sermon :(59:51)
"What would it be like if all the shattered parts of your life—every betrayal, every failure, every regret could be transformed into something beautiful? What if every awful broken promise and every dreadful small mistake could contain the fruit of your redemption? That in sharing in Christ's body and blood, all the bitter ashes that signify your every failure instead lead to your conversion, your transformation? This is God, fragmented and demolished, yearning to come to life in you. This is the promised land. Can you feel the wonder and joy? Can you feel it in your bones, how beautiful it is to be so beloved by God? Say goodbye to your bitter past, and greet the future of freedom unfolding before you. This is a cosmic love story of the best kind. You are not bound by the betrayals and disappointments of your past. You are being transformed. You have been made free."

Sermon begins at 38:57. Exodus 32:1-20
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