Sermons, 1905-1919

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This is from the bound collection that includes sermons from August 30, 1908 to November 26, 1908. A handwritten note on the first page of the manuscript says, “Adams, March, 1910; ???, March, 1910.” Evidently, Davis reused this sermon at least twice, once in Adams, Massachusetts and once in another — unfortunately unreadable — location, both times in March, 1910.

This sermon is a discussion of the story in Acts 5:1-11, where Ananias and Sapphira seek to join the early Christian church, giving away most of their possessions while keeping some. The idea that they could purchase their way into this group betrays a deep misunderstanding. It is not about money it is about ideals. Davis quotes several writers on this same theme: Rudyard Kipling's "When Earth's Last Picture is Painted", Walt Whitman's "One Thought Ever at the Fore", and Ralph Waldo Emerson's "The Informing Spirit", and "1827 Prayer."

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Earl Clement Davis, sermons, minister, Unitarianism, religion, philosophy

Rights Statement

Keeping Back a Part of the Price



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