Jesus tells 7 parables about the Kingdom of Heaven in Matthew 7. They are analogies using scenarios which take place in the here and now. We examine 3 in the middle of this chapter to see what they teach the followers of Jesus about our engagement with the world.
We live among a sexually schizophrenic culture - one which champions sexual freedom but is waking up to some of the impossibilities of a view of sex with no boundaries. We examine the “Babylon” of Revelation with parallels to our culture’s view of consumerism and sex, which ultimately are 2 sides of the same coin of idolatry.
Our culture now values youth over age, even to the point of sending us messages that we must conform to youth or be left behind. We consider a biblical perspective on age, on interactions between generations, and especially on treatment of older generations.
None of us have the ability to create as God does - bringing matter out of nothing. But all of us are creative in the sense of cultivating the materials God has placed here for us to use. So how are we cultivating? What is good cultivation? And what do we do with all the products of cultivation gone awry in the world around us?
Most of us have cooked a custom-made casserole of ingredients picked from various religions and systems of thought. The people of Samaria after an Assyrian resettlement program give us a great illustration of how this can happen with any of us. We also look at 5 examples of syncretized versions of Christianity we may hold today.
We continue our series on Relational Evangelism by exploring what Paul meant by becoming all things to all men in the context of sharing the Gospel. What can I do to bridge the culture gap with someone I'm trying to teach the Gospel to? And how can I avoid unnecessary offense, getting in the way of the message?
Being the salt and light of the world...bringing godly influence into the world...requires big thinking...and small thinking. We explore this theme biblically.
Should a Christian embrace a secular education, avoid it completely, or maybe something in between? We see what we can learn from Daniel and his friends in Babylon about the value (and the dangers) of learning what a culture is teaching.