Resources: Freedom, Community and Ethnicity
Yesterday we considered Acts 15:22-35 at Church in the Square. As the apostles and elders sent a letter to Gentile Christians affirming their salvation by grace and inclusion in the family of God, key themes like freedom, community and ethnicity surfaced. And during the formation of this sermon a few resources (beyond biblical commentaries) helped me along the way. I trust you’ll find them help as well …
Habits of the Heart: In 1985 Robert Bellah and his research team did extensive work on the west’s infatuation and love for individualism and how it relates to freedom. How much more his findings resonate 30 years later?
Making Sense of God: In Chapter 5 Dr. Keller reviews how freedom became not just a value but the central good of our society. And as only he can, he applies the good news of Jesus as a redemptive and hopeful response.
Alone Together: Sherry Turkle fabulously describes how we modern Americans attempt to balance our central value of autonomy and longing for deep meaningful relationship, often mediate through technology.
The World Happiness Report: America’s ongoing declined in happiness seem contradictory to our increased wealth and freedoms. Researchers suggest this abberation is due to increased substance abuse and screen overuse.
Color of Compromise: Jemar Tisby walks through the American church’s history of faith and race. In particular he helps us see how we have compromised the gospel, our identity as the people of God and justice along the way.