DeVOTEd

Grief, Civility & Humility

Randy Thompson • July 17, 2016

Where were you on Thursday night, July 7? I remember almost everything. After eating dinner and putting our twins to bed, Jen and I went out on a small date. One of the pastors from White Rock Fellowship came over to the house to stay with our girls while we were gone. Before leaving, I had a long conversation with him about what was next for our two churches in the aftermath of the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. We weren’t sure should happen, but we at least wanted to begin a larger conversation about our role as Christian leaders in racial reconciliation. After we wrapped up that conversation, Jen and I left to go have dessert and coffee in the Design District.

When the Earth Gives Way

Gary Brandenburg • July 10, 2016

At some point our disturbing dreams will be reduced to manageable memories but not today. Chaos...disbelief...anger...sadness...reflection. The persistent unrelenting questions that linger after a tragedy. Questions that dog us and evade answers. There are a lot of question marks on the minds of people in this room.

Make The Church Great Again

Gary Brandenburg • July 3, 2016

We are considering the relationship between religion and politics. Does the Bible offer guidance on the relationship between church and state? Attitudes toward politics these days seem to vacillate between two opposing opinions. The first approach could be called a desire for dominance. This is the view that because Christianity has been the dominant religion in America, God has blessed our nation. Therefore, if we can get people of faith in positions of power all will be well. For most of our nation’s history, Christian values have closely approximated the values held by our culture. That is changing fast.

Citizens of Heaven

Gary Brandenburg • June 26, 2016

You have heard it said there are two subjects we should never discuss in public - religion and politics. For the next couple of weeks, I would like to talk about both. Call me crazy (you wouldn't be the first) but two of the most impactful subjects in life should not be left out of the conversation. Let's start with politics.