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Currents Shaping My Church: War, Politics, and the Pulpit

How do you handle potentially explosive social issues when you know your congregation is not of one mind?

Deal with it!

When something big happens in the world, I stop what I'm teaching and we deal with it. If we don't, we make ourselves irrelevant. The church often avoids controversial issues, but people want to hear meaningful issues discussed.

I don't think you've dealt with an issue intelligently until you can articulate both sides in an honest and respectful way, so people on both sides say, "Yeah, he gets it; he's saying it the way I say it." Even if their position is not "biblical" and you disagree, you get a fair hearing.

As Christians we often take good positions in poor ways. The answer is not "the Bible says so." Absolutely I believe in the authority of the Scriptures, but that answer is superficial; it indicates you really haven't thought through why the Bible says so.

I don't try to answer the questions we're asking, but the questions they're asking. I start with the position farthest from a biblical position. I take that to its ultimate conclusion, help people process that, and then ...

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