Sermon Crumbs

JC Ryle on Suffering

Over the last two weeks the theme of suffering has surfaced read more

Sermon Crumbs – God and the Gay Christian?

On Sunday night I had prepared a list of resources to share that might help you wrestle any unanswered questions to the ground.  Since time ran out, in part due to excellent interaction, I’ll post them here, with brief descriptions, and in no particular order.  I’m certain there are more out there, and I’m open to recommendations, but I don’t like pointing to anything I haven’t looked at first.  Click the underlined text for more information.

What does the Bible really teach about homosexuality? – Kevin DeYoung  DeYoung manages to successfully engage the revisionist arguments in an accessible manner in the first section of his book.  In the second section of the book you would benefit from reading his response to common objections raised against those who do not affirm homosexual relationships.

Are Same-Sex Desire Sinful? – There continues to be ongoing conversation among evangelicals on this issue, with different opinions being offered.  I really appreciated Owen Strachan’s article in the Journal of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (an excellent resource all around).  You’ll probably want to carve out some time to thoughtfully engage with this one, it’s not a skimmer, but worth the time.

livingout.org – Sam Alberry (author of Is God Anti-Gay?), along with others, contribute to this website.  Here you’ll find resources for individuals, parents, and churches on issues related to homosexuality and same-sex attraction.  I especially enjoyed watching the videos of people’s stories.  Here’s the message you’re greeted with on the home page: “Can you be gay and Christian? Is it a sin to be gay? How do you live life without sex? How do I support my same-sex attracted Christian friend/family member?
We are a group of Christians who experience same-sex attraction bringing out into the open the questions and dilemmas that gay Christians can often face.”

God and the Gay Christian? – Evidently, and subconsciously, this is where I stole the title for the last two Sunday evening messages.  If you’re looking for a more in-depth response to Matthew Vines’ book, here it is.  Dr. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Seminary, has edited this free e-book with contributions from different authors (the article is worth reading, book is at the bottom of the page).

Tim Keller Response to Matthew Vines – Someone from the church sent this to me last week.

 

Love is…

LOVE IS…being willing to have your life complicated by the needs and struggles of others without impatience or anger. read more

Sermon Crumbs – 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

Unfortunately there wasn’t time to share this great story from Thabiti Anyabwile, which he recounts in his book The Gospel for Muslisms.  Here’s just another demonstration of human weakness and God’s power.  Yes we may be afraid and tremble much.  Inside we may want to crawl into a corner and hide.  But to the outside observer, witnessing God’s power, there’s quite a difference.  Here’s what he writes: read more

Sermon Crumbs – Acts 1:6

I didn’t have adequate time to enter the discussion about Acts 1:6 this morning and the question the disciples asked of Jesus:

So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”  He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.”

Here’s some of what I would have said had there been more time… read more

Sermon Crumbs – Faithful Evangelism

Several months ago someone posted suggestion on a blog for church websites called “Sermon Crumbs.”  The idea was that any additional material that didn’t make the final cut for the message could still be shared via a post.  Sounded like a great idea, especially, as any preacher will tell you, there’s just never enough time on a Sunday to say all that you’d hope to say.  I  mean, you could, but no one would ever come back the next week.

So, here’s instalment one, a short article giving a brief history of the “sinner’s prayer.”  Enjoy!