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Living Letters and the “nones” This blog post is about the growing cynicism toward Christianity, and the responsibility that Christians have to become "living love letters" to people who consider themselves a part of the "none" group of religious affiliations. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Dennis R. Edwards Cynicism Ain't All Bad, Is It? In this article, Bruce Reyes-Chow argues that while we must acknowledge that brokenness will always be present in our lives on Earth, we must not let cynicism hold us back from healing the pain around us. Resource type: Article | Source: Day1 | Author: Bruce Reyes-Chow Encouragement vs. Cynicism: An Easter Reflection This article reflects on the seemingly harmless sin of many, the opposite of encouragement, cynicism. Cynicism seems fashionable, but the cynic easily loses sight of heavenly things. Looking to the resurrection of Christ is the antidote. Resource type: Article | Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review | Author: Romanus Cessario Suffering as the Pathway to Future Unity This article argues that Jesus' death and resurrection, due to their being "on the axis" of the universe, allow for our present sorrow to be turned into joy and reconciliation through Christ. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Derek Vreeland Is Church Turning Us Into Nice People? This article explores themes of community and discipleship by arguing that spiritual formation involves making people aware of the challenges to practicing God's love, developing life-giving practices, and creating space for internal paradigm shifts. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Karina Kreminski Is There Any Value to Institutions and Traditions? A transcript of a sermon by Arthur Landwehr on Ezekiel 34:11-24 that addresses the cynicism people feel towards tradition and institutions. Ezekiel speaks of the renewal of God's people (their tradition and his temple (the institution).... Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection | Author: Arthur Landwehr Zizek, Obama and the Emerging Church In this article, dating back to Barak Obama's first presidential election, David Fitch is wary of seeking political change strictly through federal elections. The church is the key site of change. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: David Fitch A New Perspective Many people are crippled by cynicism, despair, and depression. This sermon on Mark 4:26-34 proclaims the power of the gospel to liberate people into a perspective of possibility. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: Day1 | Author: Hugh L. Eichelberger Come, Celebrate: A sermon series on the Prodigal Son God's desire to have a good party is an attribute of God we sometimes miss. There is an alternative to celebration---called cynicism. As Christians we face the choice between cynicism and joy every day. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: Reformed Worship | Author: Rolf Bouma I Want to Feel Again "Here's the problem of cynicism. If we are calloused, we believe everyone is." Tod Bolsinger reflects on the importance of moving from callousness to compassion so that we don't end up wounding others. Resource type: Article | Source: The High Calling | Author: Tod Bolsinger Full Text Hymns on Cynicism Happy Is the One©
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Cynicism: Frostbite of the Soul This sermon illustration reflects on the danger of cynicism—especially in the life of believers who claim a "living hope." Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Scott Sernau Overcoming Cynicism About the Church A sermon illustration that includes an author's testimony about her cynicism and its spiritual dangers. She writes about finding a church and the moment that helped her overcome her judgmental spirit. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Dick Staub Faith Versus Cynicism In this sermon illustration for Ecclesiastes 4:1, Philippians 4:8, or Proverbs 15:15, a clip from the film "Love's Unfolding Dream" demonstrates two outcomes from personal tragedy: lonely cynicism or peace through a reliance on God. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Unknown Stupid is Repairable: Growing as Thoughtful Followers of Jesus You can't fix stupid. Or can you? Derek Vreeland offers a hopeful perspective on the process of discipleship that reminds us that the Holy Spirit can renew us to be the best version of ourselves. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Derek Vreeland Should We Chase After Christians Who Come to Our Sunday Gathering When They Do Not Feel Welcome? This article explores how churches should and shouldn't react to visitors and members who've decided to leave by arguing that catering to a consumerist mentality, while temporarily helpful, will hurt the congregation in the future. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: David Fitch Navigating the Mess of Ministry An audio-recorded sermon on 2 Corinthians 3:1-3, reflecting on the twin dangers of disillusionment and cynicism, church politics, and what the Corinthian church can teach ministers looking for the Spirit working in difficult congregations. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: Fuller Studio How Not to Make Justice into a Program at Your Local Church We fall short when we do justice at a distance. David Fitch wants to recover a connection between the church and the poor, to bridge the distance, to see Christ’s justice as a way of life. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: David Fitch Disrupt with Mercy Scotty Smith invites us not to cultivate cynicism, but good redemptive anger, and to disrupt with mercy. Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: The Work of the People | Author: Scotty Smith
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