Sunday Sermons

Coyne has been picking cherries again to nourish his favorite stereotypes. This time, he posted two (yes, TWO) videos of some terribly mean-spirited anti-gay sermons. I would fully agree the sermons are despicable. But from this, he concludes:

Somewhere among the ranks of accommodationists we’ll find someone who will excuse these views, saying that they don’t derive from religion but from social or political conditions. That’s bogus. While we rarely see this kind of anti-gay vitriol coming from atheists or even the liberal religious, we see it all the time in evangelical churches.

I’m not sure what type of scientific analysis allows one to extrapolate two (yes, TWO) incidents into ubiquity, but I have a hard time believing we see sermons calling for concentration camps everywhere. It would be nice if there was a web page where people could share the summaries of the sermons they heard to see just how often Christians are being told to commit acts of violence against gays. Until then, I did find this nice page on reddit from a few months back. Someone titled the thread, “Post here a summary of Sunday’s sermon at your Church

I didn’t see anyone sharing sermons about beating gays or putting them in concentration camps. Instead, a sampling of what people heard is below the fold:

  • Colossians 4:5-6: Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
  • I preached today; RCL has us in John 3:14-21 for the Gospel, with nods to Numbers and Ephesians for the other readings.I talked about the play between Darkness and Light in our lives; in darkness dwells the unknown; in darkness dwells death. Yet, just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so Christ is lifted up, drawing all people to himself, and shining light in the darkest places in the world.
  • How extreme prayer can help you overcome fear and difficult times. We are stretched the most in times of suffering. Biblical reference was to Gideon and Jesus in the garden.
  • Don’t have sex with someone who is not your spouse, and have great frequent sex with your spouse. We’re going through the ten commandments.
  • Throughout Lent I’m doing a series on what it means to be a disciple. I’ve styled it in “C”s – Commune (with God, through worship, Word, Prayer), Connect (with God’s people), Conform (to the image of Christ).
  • Loneliness was the topic, We have idolized human relationships (sexual and non-sexual) and even place them above our relationship with God. Our relationship with God however is more important as he will always be with us at all times in all struggles in every second of each day, even after death. No human can give us the same kind of comfort God can give us.
  • At my church we started a series on the book of James. My pastor talked about the doubts in faith we all have, and how we could possibly find joy in the troubles of our life… It was very interesting, I always enjoy his speaking.
  • Our mission team is going off to help flood victims in Penssylvania, so our sermon was on mission work. Pastor Eastley started talking about how the word “compassion” had a root in the greek word for gut.
  • Just as the serpent venom which killed the Israelites was vanquished only by a lifted up serpent, our death is only vanquished by the lifting up of death–from here, Christ draws all to himself.
  • Not a fun one this week, briefly explained the situation of sexual abuse that went on between a church member and one of the teens, then went into detail of the steps we are taking against all child abuse and our resposibilty to report on suspicion.
  • We didn’t really have a sermon today, so much. We had a group that went up to Kentucky from Florida to help with disaster relief and we shared with the church how the trip went and particular lessons learned. Our pastor pointed to 1 John 3:16-18, and we just talked about the blessings we received as we served.
  • We’ve been working through the Exodus narrative under the theme of finding freedom from slavery (whether self induced, sin, or brought on by others). Today was the last week and we talked about how once we receive freedom, we are to help others find freedom. Basically the idea that we are blessed not so we can hoard it, but so that we can allow others to share in that blessing.
  • The first part was about God choosing David over all of his brothers as the next chosen one. My priest (yes catholic) expanded on how it is not the human qualities that make you good in God’s eyes but rather that it is your heart and God in you.
  • We’re going through Matthew 5 right now. Sunday A.M.: “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Have a heart for God, for holiness and for the Word. Not just a casual, passing but a real, true craving for those things. Sunday P.M. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy”, Illustrated with Matthew 18:23-35, the parable of the king and his debtor servant. If God can forgive my my sins, surely I can forgive others for their mistakes.
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One Response to Sunday Sermons

  1. Tom Gilson says:

    I had the same thought you had about his false extrapolation from a minuscule, non-random sample. Coyne is a scientist only when it suits him.

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