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Blog Archives: February 2015

2/22/2015 Sermon Discussion Questions

February 22, 2015
Who are we?   As mentioned on a Whole Foods Shopping Bag: “Live Your Best Life! We believe in self improvement, crushing personal bests, getting outside, having fun, moving around every day & meeting friends for adventure.”   We are a Bay Area species that is always under pressure to better itself. How does this quote resonate with you? What does it cause you to feel?   What is Lent?   Lent is a fresh start. It is a re-boot. Lent is a journey of careful contemplation, 40 weekdays and 6 Sundays leading up to Easter. Lent draws ...

2/15/2015 Sermon Discussion Questions

February 17, 2015
“Yes, But” “Don’t Christians believe in hell & damnation?” Read Luke 16:19-31 Discuss the visceral contrast. How is this story about hospitality? How is this story about hell? Hell: You Want It We want this rich man to “get his”—to dine at a feast of divine judgment (of desserts) with eternal consequence. How do we want this? How don’t we want this? Read the following quotes and use them as springboards to discussion: “And now we are witnessing a transformation. A true opium of the people is a belief in nothingness after ...

2/8/2015 Sermon Discussion Questions

February 09, 2015
“Yes, But”   “Is Christian history violent and oppressive?”   For a fresh look at this question read this short article:   The Foolish, Historically Illiterate, Incredible Response to Obama's Prayer Breakfast Speech   I began yesterday’s talk by confessing that Christian history is littered with war, genocide, the Crusades, the Inquisition, slavery, racism, sexism, and classism. We are incredibly violent and oppressive and have much to apologize for in pleading forgiveness.   But I suggested that Christian History is no ...

2/2/2015 Sermon Discussion Questions

February 02, 2015
“Yes, But” “Hasn’t science disproved Christianity?”   A Talk on Science   We love science and we love scientists. At Christ Church, my life has been richly blessed by the plethora of scientists in our midst—from chemists to biologists to archaeologists to climatologists to physicists to neuroscientists and the many others I’m missing.   Talking about science in a room full of scientists makes me feel very nervous and vulnerable! After all, I believe I made a “2” on my AP Chemistry Exam (You get a “1” for writing your name!). ...