Posts Tagged ‘Campus Crusade for Christ’

Sermon 06-14-15: “Saving Others”

June 24, 2015

1 Corinthians sermon series graphic

In today’s scripture, Paul applies Jesus’ teaching about divorce to a new situation: new Christian converts who are married to unbelieving spouses. What should they do? In answering this question, Paul speaks to three problems in our contemporary culture all at once: divorce, nominal, or “cultural,” Christianity, and the need for evangelism.

Sermon Text: 1 Corinthians 7:8-16

Matt Chandler is the pastor of Village Church, a 6,000-member megachurch in Dallas. He and his church were recently subject to some very bad publicity. See, when you join Village Church, you agree to become part of a fellowship that, unlike us Methodists, has very strict membership policies—policies that discipline church members for breaking them. Recently, a member of the church, a newly wed woman named Karen Hinkley, filed for an annulment of her marriage, under Texas law, without consulting the church first. According to church law, she was supposed to have gone through a reconciliation process with her husband, under the guidance of counselors at the church, before getting divorced. Hinkley refused, and the church put her “under discipline,” whatever that means.

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Matt Chandler, pastor of Village Church.

The problem is, Ms. Hinkley had decided to annul her marriage because she had just found out that her husband had been hiding a decade-long habit of viewing child pornography! He admitted to being a pedophile, although he claims he never abused a child. Let’s hope!

Nearly everyone can plainly see that Ms. Hinkley was justified in filing for the annulment, which is why the church got the bad publicity. And Matt Chandler and the church leaders also see that now. They confessed that they made a sinful decision to discipline her, and they apologized. She accepted their apology. Read the rest of this entry »

Sermon 11-10-13: “Thank-You Note, Part 2: The Mind of Christ”

November 18, 2013
"St. Paul in Prison" by Rembrandt.

“St. Paul in Prison” by Rembrandt.

Paul writes, “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.” Easier said than done! By default, we are self-centered creatures, in stark contrast to our Lord. How can we change? In part, by keeping the gospel at the forefront of our thoughts and lives.

Sermon Text: Philippians 2:1-13

The following is my original sermon manuscript.

If you follow sports at all, this past week you heard the strange and shocking story about Miami Dolphins offensive linemen Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin. For the past year, the veteran lineman Incognito has been harassing Martin, sending him literally life-threatening texts and voice messages… messages threatening his family, his mother… He’s insulted him using racial slurs. He coerced Martin into spending $15,000 of his own money to finance a trip to Vegas for Incognito and some teammates, a trip that Martin himself didn’t go on. Martin is a big, Hulk-like 300-lb. guy himself, but he was too afraid to stand up to his teammate. Can you imagine? No one on the team knew it was going on, apparently, until Martin unexpectedly left the team. When the bullying came to light last week, Incognito was suspended. Dolphins officials say he won’t play another down for the team.

Football is dangerous enough when you’re fighting your opponent on the other side of the ball. You mean you have to also worry about the people who are supposedly on the your side? With teammates like Incognito, who needs opponents?

What’s also come to light in the past week for naive laypeople like me is that Incognito’s behavior is just an extreme form of the kind of thing that happens in NFL locker rooms all the time. Veteran players want to protect their turf, their position, their paycheck, so make sure the rookies, their potential rivals, “know their place,” so they do humiliating things to them. Even though all these guys are making millions, teammates often act out of jealousy, rivalry, and insecurity toward other teammates. You’d think they could just swallow their pride and get along, right? They’re on the same team, after all!  Read the rest of this entry »