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
· 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"
· Just War Theory and the new war against ISIS