I’ve been pretty busy the last month or so, hence no podcasting going on. But, I have something to show for it now: I spent much of the last couple months studying, writing, and then presenting teachings on several subjects to my church’s young adult ministry. I am very grateful to them for the invitation and the challenge to speak on these challenging subjects, and I intend to release the recordings I made of them here, interspersed with other “regular” podcasting content.
This teaching is on the subject of truth. How do we understand truth as Christians, especially in the face of a world which denies that there can be any overriding standard of truth that conflicts with one’s own desires? That’s the topic I try to fit a teaching into about 30 minutes on, so take a listed and let me know how you think I did.
Yesterday was a remarkable and horrifying day in the history of the United States, and especially for those Americans who claim Christ. A collection of people calling themselves Christians, Republicans, conservatives, QAnon supporters, and whatever other term they might identify with, stormed the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. in an attempt to disrupt the final tallying of electoral college votes. The desire was a foolish last-ditch attempt to preserve the presidential authority of Donald Trump.
What has followed has been a remarkable clarity of growing division among Christians between those who believe Trump must be supported at all costs, and those who may have been on the fence before, but who now believe that to support him is to abet insurrection. This podcast is among the latter group.
That doesn’t mean we’re throwing in with the Democrats and Biden. But it does mean that we are warning, vigorously, of the dangers of trusting to political power for hope. We are warning those mourning loss of the dangers of miserable hopelessness and bitterness. We are warning those celebrating victory of the dangers of self-righteousness and reliance upon any foundation other than Christ as hope. And we are encouraging everyone to pursue unity in Christ – true unity, that transcends the divisions we find so often driving us to war amongst ourselves.
Take a listen to this podcast and share your thoughts below. If you want to read more of the book I read, Advancing Christian Unity, you can find a copy here on Amazon.