The Supreme Court announced their decision regarding state issued bans on same-sex marriage on Friday morning. Social media came alive with reaction; supporters changed their profile image to the rainbow flag and used the hashtag #lovewins, some angry Christians expressed despair in the collapse of America and quoted verses from Leviticus. But what caught my attention were the Christians that calmly reminded us we live in and also apart from the culture we are immersed in.
I pastor a small SBC church in the deep South. Below is my Sunday morning sermon, directed to my own congregation with all Christians everywhere in mind. Whatever your initial reaction was to Friday’s news, please prayerfully consider this position:Continue reading →
I don’t have a “Watch and Share File” but take a look at this. Leon Brown wrote an article listing three common objections people have to receiving the Gospel. In a sit down interview he discusses those objections and lists practical responses.
I’m listening to Leon Brown and thinking about the ministry of Jesus. Jesus was not thinking about the number of baptisms he could list or the number of contacts he could report making. His ministry wasn’t about sheer numbers as much as it was about changing people’s lives; real people that he cared about. Jesus sometimes argued with religious leaders, but he didn’t really waste a lot of time on them. He was more likely talking to tax collectors and prostitutes, touching lepers, preaching the Gospel to the poor, or explaining the kingdom to the working class.
There’s a lot of wisdom in the things Leon Brown says, but notice also how he carries himself and the mind set with which he approaches sharing the Gospel. He is sowing seeds rather than trying to win a debate about how everyone else is wrong. This is some of the most practical apologetics I’ve heard in a long time. Let me blunt:
We should all listen to this guy and share the Gospel the way he does.
A straw man is an argument set up by one’s opponent that can easily be defeated. This video is quite condemning of Christianity as an organized religion. If all these things were true I probably wouldn’t be a Christian either. Watch the video a couple of times, and perhaps take a minute to calm down. You may need a dose of Maalox, then consider these counter points:
You WERE NOT born worthless. If Christians are teaching this as doctrine they need to be slapped, not the makers of this film. You are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God. There is no person without worth, regardless of the judgements passed by the world or by Christians. Continue reading →