Category Archives: culture wars

  1. The church and “The Breakfast Club” (Acts 9.1-19) [sermon 4-15-18]

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    April 13, 2018 by jmar198013

    What does the story of Ananias and Saul in Acts 9.1-19 have in common with the ’80s Brat Pack classic, “The Breakfast Club”? Quite a bit actually. The church today has a lot to learn about our mission from Ananias and Saul. And from “The Breakfast Club.”

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  2. Stop perpetuating the myth of the bullied school shooter

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    March 14, 2018 by jmar198013

    In the aftermath of school shootings, a popular narrative often emerges that the shooter was a bullied outcast. And the anti-bullying message gets attached to the discussion around school shootings. This survivor of school bullying wants you to know why that’s a false and harmful narrative. One that doesn’t serve well either the conversations about ending school bullying or school shootings.

  3. A kingdom in the world, but not of the world (John 18.28-40) [sermon 3-11-18]

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    March 10, 2018 by jmar198013

    An ever-increasing population in America says they’re “done” with church. And they’ve told researchers three reasons why: 1) Their churches were too concerned with money and power; 2) Their churches were too hung up on rules; and 3) Their churches were too involved in politics. In our story today, Jesus said: “My kingdom is not of this world.” When churches understand what Jesus meant, maybe we’ll be done with the things the Dones are frustrated by. And maybe we’ll get to work building and expanding God’s kingdom.

  4. New eyes for a new vision (John 9.1-41) [sermon 2-11-18]

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    February 11, 2018 by jmar198013

    When Jesus met a man who’d been born blind, his disciples asked a question that proved they were more blind than he was. They didn’t see his suffering–they only saw him as a problem to be solved, or argument to be won. Sometimes we’re blind in the same ways they were. But by healing that blind man’s eyes, Jesus promised to heal our blindness, too.

  5. Tired of all the fighting? (John 4.1-42) [sermon 2-4-18]

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    February 3, 2018 by jmar198013

    In John 4.1-42, Jesus was tired after a long journey. At Jacob’s well, he met a Samaritan woman who was tired of having to always come to the well to draw water. But I suspect what they were both really tired of was the hundred years of hurt and conflict between their peoples. And so Jesus began a conversation with her. A conversation that made way for the healing of that deep division. At least for one woman and her village. This story is Good News for those who are tired of all the division, disrespect, and mistrust in our culture. Because it may show us a way through them.

  6. Healing Christ’s broken body (1 Corinthians 11:17-34) [sermon 8-27-2017]

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    August 25, 2017 by jmar198013

    In 1 Cor. 11.17-34, Paul envisions the Lord’s Supper not only as a time to remember the body and blood of Christ; but to heal the divisions in the body of Christ, the church. Jesus’ body was broken so his body, the church, would be whole.

  7. Believe it or not — that’s us! (Ephesians 6.10-20) [sermon 8-6-2017]

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    August 1, 2017 by jmar198013

    In the classic sitcom, “The Greatest American Hero,” a regular guy is given a superhero suit that empowers him to fight against dark forces. Christians are also given a sort of superhero suit, which the apostle Paul called “the full armor of God.”

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