Search ResultsMoving Beyond Cynicism Challenging the temptation toward cynicism around politics, this article uses Psalm 139 to urge a more hopeful posture to be in the presence of a God. 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. 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. 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. 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).... 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. 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. 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. Christianity Fever This article explores the history of the church in China, focusing on how the cyclical interest in Christianity during times of upheaval have transitioned into the third age of Christian spirituality in Chinese society. 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. 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." 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. Full Text Hymns on Cynicism When the Son of God Was Dying©
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See more hymns... 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. 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. 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. The Sad State of Retired Athletes, Wedding Dress Made of Divorce Shows Marriage Cynicism, and the New Face of Poverty Highlighting themes of fame, idols, divorce, marriage, poverty, morality, aging, parenthood, and selfishness, this is a collection of sermon illustrations made from news stories about cynical wedding dresses, poverty in the suburbs, and more. 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.... 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. Sharing the Light of Christ in the Darkness As the body of Christ, the church ought to be the place from which the light of Christ shines brightly in this dark age. Since “All things hold together in Christ” let us shine forth. When Christians are Culturally Post-Christian Mandy Smith encourages Christians who are trusting God to speak out with authority, not in their own power but in the power of the Spirit.