Season of Lent
A sermon starter and commentary by Luke Powery on 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 for the season of Lent in the African American Lectionary.
This podcast is a commentary on Exodus 32:1-14 exploring the theme of idolatry as it relates to the Israelites' creation of the golden calf and our own worship.
Idolatry and the Battle for the Heart
Here is a series based on idolatry and how we can have divided hearts, hearts that do not solely belong to God. The series was meant for Lent.
Authority and the Freedom to Love
This study guide challenges a group to recognize the idolatry of autonomy. It is intended to be used with the article, "A Picture of Freedom." Liturgical elements and study questions included.
Idolatry of Manasseh
This engraving by Otto Elliger depicts the idolatry of the reign of King Manasseh of Judah. Sacrifices and offerings are being made at the altars of foreign gods surrounding the Temple
Resisting the Idolatry of the Age
In this sermon on John 2:13-22, Katerina Whitley writes that we need Jesus’ courage to cleanse the temples of idolatry. We long for his kind of integrity that dares to call out the oppressors.
And, They Called It Idolatry
James Ellis writes that celebrity worship is a form of idolatry-- an attempt to heal our brokenness in ways only God can. He calls us to live a full life in light of our redemption.
Christmas and the Idolatry of Consumerism
Bob Robinson reflects on Christmas and says that the greatest idolatry in American Christianity is consumerism. We must admit our idolatry of consumerism, intentionally repent, return to whole-hearted worship, and brainstorm ways to shift our heart.
The Idolatry That #TakeAKnee Disrupts
In this article, Shane Blackshear reacts to a cultural event that attempted to bring attention to social injustice by arguing that movements like these can provide a filter through which we can see our own idolatry.
Tim Keller writes about the different ways idolatry can present itself, appropriate for Matthew 6:24, Exodus 20:1-6, and 1 John 5:21.
Full Text Hymns on Idolatry
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We do not talk about idolatry much anymore, despite the caution against it in everything from the Ten Commandments to the New Testament epistles. This is ironic, because idolatry flourishes in our culture.
Brian Bantum comments on Deuteronomy 18:15-20: Idolatry isn’t solely a matter of the artifacts that fill our lives. More often idolatries are the ways our lives coalesce, imperceptibly, around the “invisible unholy.”
Idolatry Is Misguided Gratitude
An illustration by Scott J. Hafemann about how misdirecting gratitude can lead to idolatry appropriate for Matthew 6:24, Exodus 20:1-6, 1 John 5:21, and similar passages.
In this sermon illustration for Luke 20:25 or 1 Peter 2:13, Stan Hastey uses the relationship between the Church and government in the United States to demonstrate an example of prideful idolatry.
This video gives a thought-provoking example of idol worship which turns out to be a widely accepted activity.
The Israelites set up and worship pagan gods: Baal, Asherah poles, and the starry host
Idolatry and the Golden Calf
This podcast on Exodus 32 suggests this is among the unhappiest chapters in the Bible as the people of Israel fall down in false worship in front of a golden statue of a calf.