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Intentional Hospitality Amidst the White-Washed Isolation of the Suburban Malaise David Fitch argues that "We must continue to pursue a relentless practice of being hospitable as a distinctive subversive Christian act in the suburbs." Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: David Fitch How Not to Make Justice into a Program The second post in a series about how to "not make justice into a program at your local church." It addresses the issue of separation between personal and social salvation and its two, main theological underpinnings. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: David Fitch Divorce and Re-marriage In this video, Jim Somerville preaches from Mark 10:2-16 about divorce and re-marriage, and our reluctance to consider such a text. (Length: 16:06) Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: A Sermon for Every Sunday | Author: Jim Somerville Divorce Care This article provides insights and guidance for church communities who want to be helpful rather than hurtful as they walk alongside members whose marriages are heading towards divorce. Resource type: Article | Source: The Banner | Author: Judy Cook Marriage as Ministry (Part One) Why do so many Christian marriages end in divorce? Reflecting on Genesis 2-3, Efrem Smith invites Christians to rethink marriage. Covenant marriage is about the advancement of God's kingdom on earth. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Efrem Smith Divorce and Marriage This devotional on Matthew 5:32 considers divorce ad marriage, suggesting that commitment to marriage both honours God and enriches our own lives. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: The High Calling | Author: Mark D. Roberts Sleepless in the States: World Refugee Day and the Crisis at the Border In this article, Tish Harrison Warren addresses the policy enacted in early 2019, when children and their families were separated while attempting to cross from Mexico into the U.S. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Tish Harrison Warren All Our Children: How Churches Can Respond to the Crisis at the Border In this article, Natasha Sistruck Robinson addresses the policy enacted in early 2019, when children and parents were separated while trying to cross from Mexico to the U.S. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Natasha Sistrunk Robinson Readers' Theatre: Jesus Teaches about Divorce This is a two-voice readers’ theatre setting of Mark 10:2-16, where Jesus teaches on divorce. Resource type: Drama | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst Divorce Will Break Your Heart This resource offers links to ten news articles that have illustrative potential for preachers. The topics include sacrifices made during the recession, the peeking effect of social media, and negative health impact of divorce. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Brian Lowery Full Text Hymns on Divorce A Congregational Lament©
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The Not-Nice Noah Story, Gwyneth Paltrow's Divorce, and Beautiful Sermon Notes Sermon illustrations from the news: The Not-Nice Story of Noah, Beautiful Sermon Notes, The Forgotten Yacht, Ignoring Red Flags, Lukewarm Christianity, "Diamond" Shreddies, and Gwyneth Paltrow's Divorce. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Matt Woodley and Paul Pastor The Violence of Divorce An illustrative statement about how divorce can not happen without ripping up the oneness of a person's being. This is appropriate for Matthew 5:31-32. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Hardin Boyer Divorced Couple Splits House in Half A sermon illustration about greed, emotional immaturity, and the stubbornness they can cause within a marriage. A couple builds a wall to divide their home after getting a divorce. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Erika Hayasaki Divorce Often Brings Poverty Discussing the financial hardship of divorce, this sermon illustration reveals statistics on how divorce leads some people into poverty. This illustration suits Malachi 2:15-16, Deuteronomy 24:1 and Matthew 19:3-19. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today Neither Do I Condemn Thee: Making Space For Alternative Sexualities in Our Midst David Fitch uses Jesus' encounter with the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11) as a paradigm for approaching "alternative sexualities" - "We are to disrupt the ideologies and make way for the presence of Christ." Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: David Fitch Divorce Is Bad for the Environment An illustration by Brandon O'Brien describing that divorce is having a bad effect on the environment, appropriate for Matthew 19:3-9, Malachi 2:13-16, and Mark 10:2-12. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Brandon J. O'Brien The Bridge Illustration: An Idea Whose Time Has Come and Gone? 2 This article posting points out some of the failing aspects of using the "bridge illustration". David Fitch contends that the bridge illustrations fails because it separates justification and sanctification and makes salvation a transaction deal. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: David Fitch Even Best Divorces Have Negative Effects on Children As a sermon illustration, Aaron Renn draws from book “Primal Loss,” where author Leila Miller records the thoughts of 70 adults who experienced their parents’ divorce as a child. Even the ‘good’ divorces left negative effects. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Aaron M. Renn
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