Text: John 15:11-17 Do you have any friends? I mean true friends, friends you love. Most people don’t. Take for instance the example of Ambrose Bierce. Bierce was a famous American journalist and writer of satire. He wrote a little “dictionary” or social criticism which he called The Devil’s Dictionary. It was a cynical and…

Text: 1 Peter 2:13-17 This morning we’re going to be talking about politics. I know that sounds like a violation of the most basic rule in the book. What’s come over me? Well, I actually agree with the idea that one shouldn’t “preach politics” if that means pastors shouldn’t act as if their personal opinions…

Text: Romans 14:14-18 We have been discussing relationships, roles, and authority structures in our ongoing sermon series. Thus far we’ve talked about manhood, womanhood, courtship and families, and the relationship between the family and the church. All of these are good, and yet there is a sense in which each of them are challenged by…

Text: Luke 14:25-33 What if I told you that Jesus asks you to give up your family? What if I said he bids your family to come and die? Well, that’s exactly what he did say: “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters,…

Text: 1 Cor. 6:12-20 I first heard about the book I Kissed Dating Goodbye when a girl who I was trying to get to go out with me used it as a pious way to say no. “There’s this book you should really read…” I remember her saying. And that was it. I had no…

Text: Genesis 2:18-25 The previous two weeks have covered what it means to be a man and what it means to be a woman. Today we cover what it means to be a family. I actually had to wrestle a bit with whether to ask “What is marriage for?” since you might think I’ve skipped…

  Text: 1 Cor. 11:2-12 Ok, so yeah, I know what you’re thinking. What a weird passage. Why on earth did he pick this one? Well, to quote the 42nd President of the United States: “I feel your pain.” I understand that this is a difficult topic, and I find these verses to be quite…

Text: Genesis 1:26-31 It is plain that there is a problem with dominion today. We hear a lot about a “jobs crisis” in America today, but we ought to instead call it a dominion crisis. As of 2013, 26% of men in Polk County between the ages of 26 and 54 were not working. Nationally…

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