Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Topics too tough to preach

I call the list below by that name because they usually not suitable for a Sunday sermon because they have one or more of these characteristics:
  • They are too complex to cover well in 15-20 minutes
  • They are topics for which faithful answers can be found on multiple sides
  • They press to close emotionally to some people
  • They may be important and faith related, but they are not necessarily “worshipful” for inclusion in a worship service.
  • They may have political overtones.

For these reasons, I think a sermon delivery is too one-way and non-interactive to effectively address them.

With that said, here is my list of such topics. Please feel free to add your own in a comment. 

·        Sexuality, cohabitation, weddings, marriage and the Church in the age of the Pill
·        Immigration, compassion and justice
·        Divorce
·        Homosexuality and same-sex marriage
·        Terminal care and end of life for parents or other loved ones
·        The death penalty
·        Violence done to or by Christians
·        What does the Bible really say happens when you die?
·        The Rapture and being "Left Behind"
·        Islam
·        Just War Theory and the new war against ISIS

·        Others? 

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