February 16th, 2009


[Reunion] "Beloved" sermon series, weeks 1 & 2 (podcast)

I didn't know what to expect, exactly.

Alicia [who told me about this] was at The Crossing forum, and the panel that night consisted of: a gay man, a straight man, and a MtF straight woman, so I figure anyone there can't be conservative in a way that would make me uncomfortable.

I browsed the website, and it's all male God language (even for the Holy Spirit, which apparently makes me sadface).

I got really irritated that they said, "Furthermore, there is nothing we can do on our own to re-establish our relationship with God." and then two sentences later, "Our relationship is re-established when we make a commitment to accept Jesus as God's son and our Savior and Lord."  I understand that they mean that we can only be back in right relationship with God through the salvific power of Christ, that we can't make it happen by our own power, but still.

They also say, "We believe the Bible is entirely accurate, complete, and reliable. We look to the Bible for the revelation of the character of God and the final authority on matters of faith and conduct."  I suddenly felt very Wesleyan.

They have the !Augustine quote "In essentials - unity; in matters of opinion - freedom; in all things - love" in their "Core Values & Our Culture."

Anyway, I found that I could listen to their sermons online, so I started with their current sermon series.

We live in a sex saturated world filled with messages about sex. Who are you listening when it comes to sex? God gives us the book of Song of Songs and Solomon's story to help navigate issues of love, intimacy, and sex.

Beloved - Who Are You Listening To? 02/01/09
Pastor: Hank Wilson

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Beloved - Singleness and Sexuality 02/08/09
Pastor: Hank Wilson

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