Hot Button Week Four - "Saving Grace" or "Is There A True Religion?"
This is the fourth and final week of the most challenging sermon series I have ever preached. It seems fitting that we would end it with a sermon on a grace-filled response to the issue of True Religion . I discovered a couple of years ago to my amusement, and slight dismay, that there is actually a clothing company called "True Religion." This is an ironic fact, considering how Consumerism and Materialism have become neo-religions in and of themselves complete with temples, (malls), vestments (fashion/clothes), priests (designers/marketers), missionaries (stars/artists) and adherents (consumers). That, my friends, is an entirely different sort of sermon. What I am proposing today, however, is that our culture is at an existential crossroads when it comes religion itself. In our increasingly connected and diverse society, it is impossible to ignore our neighbors and co-workers who might practice a different faith than our own. This collision of theology and practi