Blog Archives: January 2015

Toxic Charity

January 29, 2015
A Review of Toxic Charity “A review written for myself, a human being, and for Christ Church, a wonderful church.” By: Bart Garrett [Warning: This white paper is going to mess with your heart!] What is toxic charity? Toxic Charity. It is a great book title. It is also a good descriptor of the reason why I recoil at many church initiatives and at many of the unexamined charitable practices in my own life: Is a soup kitchen a community good or ill? Does giving cash to the homeless person holding the “anything helps” sign actually help or ...

1/18/2015 Sermon Discussion Questions

January 19, 2015
Sermon Discussion Questions for January 18: [Special note: This Sunday night, January 25, at 7:30, the Garretts will host our first of two conversations on this series. No text or topic is off limits. We'd love to have you come. If interested, please email Bart at bart@christchurcheastbay.org] “Yes, But…” As we tackle the six questions in this series leveraging the Gospel of Luke as our principal text, I would first like your Parish, small group, Bible study, or micro-group to tackle these “Considerations to Consider.” Each one is a ...

1/11/2015 Sermon Discussion Questions

January 13, 2015
Sermon Discussion Questions for January 11   “Yes, But…”   As we tackle the six questions in this series leveraging the Gospel of Luke as our principal text, I would first like your Parish, small group, Bible study, or micro-group to tackle these “Considerations to Consider.” Each one is a question (with plenty more imbedded questions) so I pray that this exercise might be rich fodder for discussion. If your group would like to discuss the first question: “Yes, but why is there evil & suffering?” then please note the prompts at the ...

1/4/2015 Sermon Discussion Questions

January 06, 2015
Simeon’s worshipful song and subsequent warning present Jesus as both searing light who reveals our hostile thoughts toward God and saving light who casts out darkness in the world and in our lives.   If Simeon said Jesus’ ministry would be controversial and difficult to comprehend, do you feel like you know Jesus and his ministry well enough to be offended by him? What about Jesus is most difficult for you to receive? Why? How might that reveal hostilities you have toward God? What would happen to your life if Jesus’ ...