August 6, 2017
Rev. Steve DeNeff - Mark 12:28-34; James 1:26-2:4, 8-9, 12-13. Favoritism is one of the hardest things to get over because most of us prefer the company of others like us. It is our very sense of "belonging" that makes "including" so difficult. But to love others as much as we love ourselves is at the core of our religion even more important than our worship ("burnt offerings and sacrifices"). What would it look like - what would WE look like - if we put our preferences down and love others as much as we love ourselves? How might it affected the very religion we practice? How might "including" affect our sense of "belonging"?