Sermons in this series
Sun, Jun 13, 2021
I love America, but out political discourse has become deplorable. Negative polarization has pushed us to extremes. Rather than listen to others and seek for common ground, we villainize those on the opposite aisle. This is sad. Worse yet, in many ways the church has traded her public witness for political power. This sermon looks at the politics of Jesus and the apostle Paul, a history of evangelical missteps, and ways we can recover our public witness as God's people.
Sun, May 23, 2021
Do not be deceived: Civil rights gains did not erase racial tensions. They have been simmering for decades, and the spotlight on police shootings has amplified tensions. Nearly one year from the anniversary of George Floyd's death, cries for equality and the end of racism persist. Meanwhile, a swell of "fragile" and "privileged" white people have begun to wonder if they are bigots or victims of reverse bigotry. In other words, our world is a mess. Fortunately, the Bible teaches that we share a common ancestry and our God loves the nations impartially. The gospel is public news for all peoples, and racial reconciliation is one evidence of the gospel at work. Indeed, we have work -- tough, messy, emotional, just work -- to do.
Sun, May 16, 2021
Sexual identity has become a central aspect of cultural changes in the past few decades. Not only has society broadened its sexual ethic and expanded its definition of marriage and family, evangelical Christians have wrestled to understand and welcome openly gay believers like they understand and welcome those whose lives are colored by alcoholism, anxiety, greed, and pornography. In short, the balance of grace and truth is challenging. This sermon provides a brief history of the LGBTQ ascendance, key terms, a look at key texts about gay sexual practice, and four postures for responding like Jesus.
Sun, May 09, 2021
The topic of gender identity has taken our world by storm. It especially affects the younger generation, who has seen a meteoric rise in trans-labels. State laws and recent executive moves have helped cement transgender identity into everyday life. So how should Christians respond? Well, simply put, with compassion and conviction. This sermon defines terms, outlines social implications, and looks at Genesis and Jesus to reaffirm the good, orderly, essential creation of male and female. It also accounts for gender identities that don't fit. Four biblical insights and Christians postures conclude the message.
Sun, May 02, 2021
Controversial topics are legion these days. Race. Gender. Sexuality. Diet. Pick one. Share your opinion. Then hold your breath. You've probably offended someone. You've probably been offended. We're living in a culture of extremes. Fortunately, the New Testament provides examples and insights on how to face controversy with compassion. The Jerusalem Council in Acts 15 is a great model for maintaining unity amid diversity, which is worth the difficulty because it is inviting to others.
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