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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 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 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 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 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 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 Schooling the Young into Goodness An article on moral education by Darin H. Davis and Paul J. Wadell. Education should provide the young with an understanding of life worthy of themselves—a compelling account of goodness and how to achieve it. Resource type: Article Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Darin H. Davis 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 Full Text Hymns on Cynicism When the Son of God Was Dying©
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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 Disrupt With Mercy Explaining the relationship between getting angry and caring about justice, this video featuring Scotty Smith discusses how salvation confronts injustice. 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 Restoring Creation A professor writes, in this essay, about the meaning of restoring creation and its relevance to the mission of Christians. He includes reflections on Pope Francis's Laudato Si. Resource type: Article Source: Fuller Studio Author: Tommy Givens When We Think About God Chris Woznicki says that a lot of cynicism and skepticism about politics, family, culture, and the church comes from lack of critical thinking. Theology done well says something to the world about who God actually is.... Resource type: Audio/Video Source: Fuller Studio Author: Chris Woznicki Romantics, Cynics, and Shalom at the Movies Faced with a number of movies which are quite content to embrace the pessimism of Ecclesiastes, Mary Hulst reminds us of that book's place in the larger story, one where God's shalom triumphs over our cynicism. Resource type: Article Source: Perspectives Journal Author: Mary Hulst Immanuel, God with Us Based on Psalm 147:12-20, John 1, Ephesians 1:3-14, and Wisdom of Solomon 10:15-21, this resource remembers and celebrates how God's promise of restoration and presence among the faithful is fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Resource type: Article Source: Sacredise Author: John van de Laar
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