Friday, February 20, 2015

Can I Get a Witness?

Heather Thiessen
Former Director, Women’s Center at Louisville Seminary

February 13, 2015
Matthew 27:55-61

Matthew 27:55-61 reports the witness of Jesus' women followers to his passion and death. The sermon explores the meaning of this witness, which is located in being present with the suffering human Jesus, its relationship to the radical witness and presence of the incarnation.  This ultimately reminds us that the church's coherence as a community of witness is grounded in the radical presence to and beyond death empowered by the living God and exemplified both by the women witnesses and the witness of the incarnate [crucified and risen] one.  Listen to the sermonRead the sermon in PDF.

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Ethics of Empathy

Scott C. Williamson
Robert H. Walkup Professor of Theological Ethics

Spring Convocation
February 5, 2015
Hosea 11:1-11
Mark 8:1-6

Recent laboratory studies find that empathy is a poor moral guide, but in biblical thought empathy is a virtue. Is empathy a reliable guide for being good and doing good? Listen to the sermon.