"American society is polarized by our politics. Ideology runs deep on the left, the right, and in the center. We've all heard the soundbites, and for the most part we know what Democrats think and what Republicans think. But what does God have to say about the issues and controversies of our time? It is not enough for Christians to have opinions. We need to be able to live in ways that are grounded in biblical reflection. Reflecting biblically will not suddenly cause us to agree on every issue, but it can give us a shared language and a common commitment to discerning God's voice. Join us as we explore what it means to think biblically about the issues that threaten to divide both church and society in our time. We will not be telling you what to think, instead you are invited to join us in listening for what the Holy Spirit is saying to the church."
Week 1 excerpts:
"What does it mean to live Jesus Christ as Lord?...Jesus rules in a different kind of way--in a presence of love in the world...Love is a presence before it is a position. ...You can't live a loving presence in the world unless you put your hope in Jesus Christ."
Sermon 1, Oct. 2, 2016 -
Church: The Body Politic of God's Kingdom Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13 - Pastor Jonathan Hughes
Week 2 excerpts:
The sermon has three parts: 1. A Christian Standard for Politics; 2. What does that have to do with race? 3. What does that have to do with us - with our response.
Sermon 2, Oct.9, 2016 -
Racism Scripture: Matthew 22:34-40; Leviticus 19:9-18, 32-34 - Rev. Dr. Scott Cormode
Week 3 excerpts: 3 questions -
1. How should we treat the immigrants who are here - those who are here legally and those who are not?
2. Should we accept more immigrants and if so - how many?
3. To what extent should immigrants assimilate to American culture - both as to our language and as to our values?
Sermon 3, Oct. 16, 2016 -
Immigration A Biblical View (Leviticus 19:33-34; Ruth 1:15-17; II Corinthians 8:13-15) - Rev. Dr. Steve Davis
Week 4 excerpt: (Quotation from Abraham Lincoln)
"As I would not be a slave so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this - to the extent of the difference- is no democracy."
Sermon 4, Oct. 23, 2016 -
With Liberty and Justice For All (Deuteronomy 24:10-22, Luke 18:1-8) - Rev. Dr. Robert Linthicum
Week 5 excerpt:
"How should Christians think about political power and what should be our relationship?"
Sermon 5, Oct. 30, 2016 -
Compartmentalizing The Lord of All Life(Psalm 146) - Rev. Dr. Scott Cormode