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.
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.
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.
Mesmerizing Rhythms of Idolatry
Mark Labberton's audio sermon on Daniel 3 considers idolatry during the time of King Nebuchadnezzar, and subtle forms of idolatry in our present day. By grace we can be free from mesmerizing rhythms.
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.
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.
The Israelites set up and worship pagan gods: Baal, Asherah poles, and the starry host
Idolatry Is the Work of the Flesh
Thomas O'Brien briefly offers context, summary, and commentary on 1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21; and Galatians 5:1, 13-25.
Irrationality, idolatry, and sin
In this commentary on Romans 1, drawing also on Thomas Aquinas, Eric Johnston argues that sin has its origin in rejection of the truth of God's creation, and refusal to glorify and thank God.
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.”
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.
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Even if we do not see carved images representing deities on a regular basis, the brokenness of idolatry is still present in our lives. Tim Keller writes about the different ways idolatry can present itself.
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.
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.
Illustrations on Mass Shooting Theology, Olympic Perseverance, and Success Idolatry
Describing a mass shooting, an Olympian's faith surrounding Colossians 3:23, and broken Olympic dreams, these sermon illustrations by Matt Woodley provide a basis for discussing theodicy, suffering, freedom, perseverance, identity in Christ, idolatry, and failure.
If Exodus 32:1-14 describes a time of idolatrous blindness and futility, Isaiah 25:1-9 shows us the moment of hope in which God’s people are called to live—at all times.
Quoting C.S. Lewis on the nature of lust, Nancy Ortbergs's sermon illustration draws on a friend's courtship with temptation to demonstrate how sexual fantasy can devolve into addictive sexual idolatry. This illustration suits 2 Samuel 11:1-15.
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.
Reject Political Idolatry This Election Season
A group of pastors is asking churches to celebrate communion on Election Day to send the message that the church is a radical alternative to the power structures of our world.