Last night I spoke (for a time) at Village Church in Highland Village, Texas on Jesus’s Values and Politics. The way we did it was to speak for a time and then open up for questions and then the plan was to return to the lecture and then do questions. Alas, that did not happen.
Last night I spoke (for a time) at Village Church in Highland Village, Texas on Jesus’s Values and Politics. The way we did it was to speak for a time and then open up for questions and then the plan was to return to the lecture and then do questions. Alas, that did not happen. I spoke for about 40 minutes and then took the first round of questions that became the only round of questions as we interacted over becasue the questions just kept coming. We went for two hours though with a full house of over 700, we could have kept on going (I was there for an hour after we clsoed the public session just interacting with individual questions). I introduced that God cares for the poor and those on the fringe (see the Beatitudes among other texts), that we are all sinners in need of God, that God cares greatly about life issues, and calls the church to understand that government is not the be all and end all. In addition, the church is most effective when its tone communicates care, even when it challenges culturally popular views. So both what we say and how we say it are important. I also stressed the church functions best when it keeps its voice independent of any particular party (namely, that depending on the issue, one current party may be closer to the biblical standard on a specific issue and another might be better on another).
The questions ran the gamut (Are not life issues the most central? Does not government have the right to defend its people? How do we really love our enemies as Jesus called us to do?). The goal was to have conversation, so the event would be reflective of the Theology and Culture theme that was the basis for my talk. That we had conversation, there is no doubt. Our crowd ran from twenties to seventies– and all age groups did interact. It was a fun and engaging night and my thanks goes to Village Church for making it possible. We are discussing a sequel, since we only got throught the first half of the presentation thanks to the fine interaction part 1 generated.