Posts Tagged ‘truth’

The Truth…The Whole Truth

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Message by Pastor Tom

What will it mean for you this week to practice good communication, which means communication that is full of grace and truth?

Text: Exodus 20:16

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A Checklist for Truth

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Message by Pastor Tom

Pastor Tom shares with us that embracing the truth is more than just a checklist. It is coming to intimately know a person.

Text: 1 John 4:1-6

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Can We Handle The Truth?

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Message by Pastor Tom

What is the truth? Truth is more than believing in Christ’s death, the one who is truth says to us, take up my cross. It is a place of submission, a place of surrender and a place of obedience.

Text: John 18:29-38

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What Will You Do With The Truth?

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Message by Pastor Tom Cowan

What will you do with the truth? We need to understand how two different people ask exactly the same question. The wise men seeking Jesus as king to worship him and King Herod seeking Jesus to kill him are intended to challenge us to think about how we respond today to the truth of God.

So ask yourself: as you worship Christ this Christmas, how will the truth of Jesus this Christmas change your life?

Text: Matthew 2:1-12

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Out of the Mouth
 of an Atheist

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

We gather today in joy and celebration! Along with the angels, we declare: “You seek Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified; he is risen. The Lord is risen indeed!” Mark 16:6; Luke 24:34

During a recent trip to Portland, Oregon, noted atheist Christopher Hitchens laid down some seriously good theology. Most people recognize Hitchens as the author of the bestselling book God is not Great: Why Religion Poisons Everything. Since the book’s publication in 2007, Hitchens has toured many countries debating a series of religious leaders, including some well-known evangelical thinkers. In Portland he was interviewed by Unitarian minister Marilyn Sewell. The entire transcript of the interview has been posted online (you can Google it). The following exchange took place near the start of the interview: 

Sewell: The religion you cite in your book is generally the fundamentalist faith of various kinds. I’m a liberal Christian, and I don’t take the stories from the Scripture literally. I don’t believe in the doctrine of atonement (that Jesus died for our sins, for example). Do you make any distinction between fundamentalist faith and liberal religion? 

Hitchens: I would say that if you don’t believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ and Messiah, and that he rose again from the dead and by his sacrifice our sins are forgiven, you’re really not in any meaningful sense a Christian. 

Sewell wanted no part of that discussion so her next words are, “Let me go someplace else.”

This little clip demonstrates an important point about religious “God-talk.” You can call yourself anything you like, but if you don’t believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross for our sins and then rose from the dead, you are not “in any meaningful sense” a Christian. 

In one of the delicious ironies of our time, an outspoken atheist grasps the central tenet of Christianity better than many Christians do. What you believe about Jesus Christ really does make a difference.