In Honor of Memory
There's what happened ... and then there's what we remember. And the latter is so much more important to how we see ourselves and the world. Memory--fallible as it is--is the basis of religion and identity - that's why the Exodus from Egypt is understood as a collective memory, one we can all share together (regardless of how or whether it "happened").
“To be effective, the preacher's message must be alive; it must alarm, arouse, challenge; it must be God's present voice to a particular people.”