A podcast for such a time as this. Rev. Macie Liptoi, Pastor of 723 in Dallas Texas, breaks out of the normal church boundaries by preaching to a generation sold out on justice and seeking a social and spiritual revolution.
Scripture: Philippians 2:1-11
Why is it so remarkable that God became human? What does it mean to fear God? What if there's more to Jesus than simply being "a friend of mine?" Rev. Macie answers all those questions and more on this first episode of the second season of The Virtual Pulpit.
In these bonus episodes called "The Public Forum," Rev. Macie responds to listener questions. This week's question is, "Why is God referred to in plural in Genesis? Were the writers good Methodists who believed in a triune God?"
Scripture: Mark 10:46-52.
What voices do we silence and what voices do we uplift? Does Jesus have anything to say about the importance of hearing another person's cry for mercy? Does Bartimaeus show desperation or courage in crying out to Christ? Wrestle with all this and more on this week's episode of The Virtual Pulpit.
In these bonus episodes called "The Public Forum," Rev. Macie responds to listener questions. This week's question is, "Why did God kill off the dinosaurs (if God doesn’t make mistakes) and why aren’t they in the biblical narrative of creation?"
Scripture: Romans 8:1-11.
Rev. Macie challenges Paul's assertion that flesh is inherently sinful by going back to the very beginning of humanity and asking what the Hebrew has to say about our embodied nature.
Scripture: Genesis 18:16-33; Genesis 22:1-14.
In the second sermon in our series on leadership in the face of Divine Wrath, Rev. Macie talks about Abraham; how the story that we were told was an example of his superior faithfulness may have actually been his greatest failure.
Scripture: Exodus 32:9-14.
Is God ever wrong? Does God ask us to blindly obey orders or to stand in God's way when we think God is wrong? Are we called to intercede before God on behalf of our people? This week, Rev. Macie takes a look at Moses and how he stood in the way of the Divine Warpath.
Scripture: Romans 13:1-12.
Why did Paul say to submit to authority? Was he complicit in an oppressive empire? What does this passage of scripture mean for Christian's living today, 2,000 years later? Rev. Macie tackles all these questions and more on this episode of The Virtual Pulpit.
Scripture: Luke 12:13-21.
What does the Gospel of Luke have to say about self-preservation? How did Jesus respond to the man who asked him to settle an inheritance dispute? We're told we're supposed to save for the future...but what does that have to do with working for the Kingdom of God? Rev. Macie wrestles with all those questions in this weeks episode.
Scripture: John 1:1-9, John 3:1-10, and John 4:5-26
This week, we look at the story of the Samaritan Woman in John 4 and how her persistence leads to a revelation far greater than she could have ever anticipated.