Should Christians change their views on morality as their society changes? – Characters: Daniel, Part 2

Is it okay for Christians to update their views on ethics and morality? Can we innovate our stance on traditional theology? There’s no doubt that American society has been heavily influenced by Christianity, and still is in large part, but as our societal views change, can we adapt Christianity to fall more in line withContinue reading “Should Christians change their views on morality as their society changes? – Characters: Daniel, Part 2”

All sins are not the same? [False ideas Christians believe about…Sin. Part 4]

This week we have been fact-checking Christian statements about sin. In part 3 yesterday we looked at the phrase “all sins are the same.” Today we’re investigating its opposite: sins are different. There is an important sense in which sins are very, very different, and they are not the same.   In part 3, we sawContinue reading “All sins are not the same? [False ideas Christians believe about…Sin. Part 4]”

The surprising thing God says about sex

You fill in the blank: “Sex is ________”. Too often we Christians have responded to our culture in negative, hurtful ways that have led people to conclude that we hate sex, that we think sex is bad.  Our young people have heard so often “don’t have sex”, that many Christians teens are scared of it,Continue reading “The surprising thing God says about sex”

What does the Bible say about Sex?

I feel a bit like the parent who knows they ought and need to talk with their pubescent child about the birds and the bees, but because it is so awkward they procrastinate. Except this time, I’m talking to the church, an entire congregation, on a Sunday morning, about the birds and bees. Yeah, weContinue reading “What does the Bible say about Sex?”

Why we have had four sermons about sex in less than two months

Do you realize that we have talked about sex in four sermons in less than two months?  Take a gander: March 30 – 1 Cor. 5:1-11 – Paul mentions incest and sexual immorality April 13 – 1 Cor. 6:9-11 – Paul mentions sexual immorality and homosexuality April 27 – 1 Cor 6:12-20 – The wholeContinue reading “Why we have had four sermons about sex in less than two months”

This sermon gets an M rating

Join us this coming Sunday at Faith Church as Phil Bartelt continues our series in 1st Corinthians.  This past week, being Easter, we jumped ahead to 1 Corinthians 15, which focuses on the resurrection.  In two days when we gather for worship again, Phil will return to 1st Corinthians 6, finishing up a hard-hitting chapterContinue reading “This sermon gets an M rating”

Palm Sunday and Homosexuality?

A couple weeks ago, the child sponsorship agency, World Vision, made a big splash in the news. Did you hear about it? It came out that they had changed a long-held policy about standards for employee sexuality. Their previous policy was that sexuality was only to be expressed in marriage between a man and woman.Continue reading “Palm Sunday and Homosexuality?”