Learning to Boast Only in the Cross
Rankin Wilbourne • June 11, 2017
5 Things to Consider: 1. Judge Not 2. Be Gracious and Humble 3. Do Not Compromise 4. Do Not Fear 5. Practice Empathy ---- 4 Practical Applications: 1. Make sure you have your allegiances in order. 2. Write a letter. 3. Do not give into the easy choice of cynicism. 4. Find a person who has a different political perspective than you and listen to them, break break, pray together.
The Good and Beautiful Life
Rankin Wilbourne • April 16, 2017
The opening story is from Mark Sundeen’s The Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life in Today’s America. Peter De Vries is the author of The Blood of the Lamb. The retelling of De Vries’ story is from Richard John Neuhaus’s "Death on a Friday Afternoon." “Revelation” can be found in the Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor, and the story about Americo is from a Cru publication, 'Worldwide Challenge.'
Chosen by God, Royal Priest, Precious Possession?
Rankin Wilbourne • April 9, 2017
The details on the distinctiveness of the early Christian movement can be found in Larry Hurtado’s Destroyer of the Gods. The Michael Green quote and line about Hosea’s story ending were from Tim Keller, and the story about Karl Barth is from Fleming Rutledge’s The Crucifixion.
Rankin Wilbourne • March 12, 2017 • 1 Peter 1:1-2
*The statistics about the Post-Christian west and summary of its defining characteristics are from 'Everyday Church' by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis. The story from Skye Jethani about the cellist of Sarajevo was from Jon Tyson’s book, 'Creative Minority,' which was also quoted in the sermon.